Valedictorian Sierra Ann Walsh, Jamie Pamela Rigau, Nathaniel Lee Mero and Isaiah Thomas Castellon had their families attend their graduation as they each received many awards.

Four McCloud Elementary School eighth graders were able to have a traditional graduation ceremony in their school gymnasium on Friday as permitted by the Public Health Department.

Valedictorian Sierra Ann Walsh, Jamie Pamela Rigau, Nathaniel Lee Mero and Isaiah Thomas Castellon had their families attend their graduation as they each received many awards.

The four eighth grade students held the highest GPA average in the school. Each student received the Peer Educator Award and each were awarded with a roll of toilet paper at the end of the ceremony.

MES Principal Shelley Cain talked about all the things these eighth graders missed during the school’s shut down due to the pandemic. Her list included science festivals, field trips, assemblies, sports programs, fundraisers and their traditional 8th grade trip. Cain also pointed out the how they didn’t have to get up early, have state testing or learn new math. But she did talk about the things that the students used to take for granted that they missed as well.

Valedictorian Sierra Walsh held a GPA of 4.0 all year. She was awarded Student of the Year Award, ACSA Award, and Female Scholar Athletic Award.

Jamie Pamela Rigau also held a GPA of 4.0. She was awarded Citizen of the Year, ACSA, and Most Improved Athlete Awards.

Nathaniel Lee Mero, a competitive athlete, was awarded the MVP Award.

Isaiah Thomas Castellon, with a 4.0 GPA, received the Male Scholar Athlete Award.

Greta Jones, a teacher and coach at the school since 2001 was acknowledged by Cain as the “prayer warrior” through their years working together. Through her 19 years, Jones has worked as a substitute cook, aide, teacher and coach. Jones will be retiring from teaching but will continue on as the school’s coach for their sports program.

A slide show presentation of the graduates through their school year was shown and each student shot a can of graffiti at the end of the ceremony.