Hawks Morgan Bourke, Hans Fox, Madison Ites, Tanner Savage, Emalee Walsh, and Seth Walton, dressed in yellow, black and white gowns, took the stage as principal Shelley Cain told of their achievements.

The 2019 junior high eighth grade graduates of McCloud Elementary School held their ceremony on Thursday evening, June 6 in the gymnasium.

Hawks Morgan Bourke, Hans Fox, Madison Ites, Tanner Savage, Emalee Walsh, and Seth Walton, dressed in yellow, black and white gowns, took the stage as principal Shelley Cain told of their achievements.

In response to the question, “Who do you think you are?” Cain read their insightful responses showing how much these young people have grown and matured.

“I think I care about others more than I do for myself,” “I think I am a creative person,” “I don’t know who I am yet, I’m just an eighth grader,” I hate the spotlight but I like to be in it,” “I’ve learned to respect others and I am a great spokesperson,” “brave and adventurous,” were the unnamed answers.

Morgan Bourke gave the valedictorian speech.

Awards and acknowledgements were presented.

Valedictorian, academic award and the Scholar Athlete Award went to Morgan Bourke achieving a 3.83 GPA.

The Hawk Award and Athlete of the Year Award and Music Award went to Seth Walton who took first place in the league.

Salutatorian and citizenship Award went to Madison Ites.

Most Improved Award went to Emalee Walsh who broke the 1987 school record with furthest discus throw at 84 feet, 8.5 inches.

Perfect Attendance Award went to Hans Fox for two consecutive years of not missing a day.

The Reading Award went to Tanner Savage for reading at a college level.

Bob Masciola awarded the diplomas as Sierra Walsh presented the graduates’ names.