Winslow High School welcomes 203 eighth graders

The Class of 2006 pledges allegiance to the American flag.

The Winslow Junior High Choir then joined the bands in performing the Star Spangled Banner. A moment of silence was then held to reflect on the happenings of the last year, both nationally and locally.

Rena Setalla, WJHS Student Body President, led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance, then welcomed parents and friends to the ceremony.

The bands took center stage again, performing Military March. The choir then performed Touch the Future.

The bands were under the direction of Tony Jauregui and the choir was under the direction of Kaye Ricks.

Sergeant Tony Miller from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office presented the Navajo County Good Citizen Awards. The award went to Briana Conatser and John Sears, who display “good citizenship and set examples for their peers.”

Mary Lopez, representing the American Legion Frank Perkins Post No. 15, presented Jerry Liu and Haley Brewton the American Legion Awards. The award is given to students who display “scholarship, leadership, honor, courage and service.”

Brewton, also Valedictorian of the class, took the podium and delivered her address Untitled. She talked of the most important lessons in life go beyond answers on a test, they “show us what we can do with our talents.” She also spoke about how life is filled with choices that can change the direction of one’s life and that “with the right attitude we can do anything.”

Salutatorian Briana Conatser delivered her address Athletics: A Building Block For Success. She spoke about the lesson athletes learn and who those lessons can help them become successful. She mentioned learning about respect, being a gracious winner and overcoming adversity.

Winslow High School Student Body President Shimeon Mattox then welcomed the students to high school by informing them this was the “first step to your future.”

While Certificates of Promotion were passed out to the 203 students, families released balloons, threw confetti and even blasted air horns to celebrate their induction.

The certificates were presented by Principal Jim MacLean, Assistant Principal Diane Koch and Student Advisor Jennifer Lee. Dr. David Black, Superintendent, and Joe Bullmore, Assistant Superintendent, and members of the WUSD Governing Board were present to congratulate the students as they received their certificates.

After each student had been given their certificate, the choir closed the ceremony by singing God Bless the U.S.A. The students then held up posters and made a flag where they were sitting. After the completion of the ceremony, fireworks were released to commemorate the event.

Principal MacLean said this class had “a world of potential.” “They are a real positive class. I would just tell them to continue working and reaching for your dreams,” he concluded.

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