The setting sun shone brightly on the buildings behind the Emil Nasser Stadium on the evening of May 26, as the graduating class 2004 of Winslow Junior High gathered to receive their diplomas.
Proud parents, family members and friends crowded the bleachers as their graduates gathered on the track below, waiting anxiously for the Eight Grade induction exercises to begin.
Strains from a medly of familiar “Star Wars” tunes provided a backdrop to the excitement as the Winslow Junior High Band followed the direction of Kelli Cornell. Moving into a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” the band rested their instruments to join with Mary Ricks, the Student Body President in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and a welcome address.
After another performance by the band, the Junior High Choir, under the direction of Kaye Ricks, rose to sing “Just One Dream.”
Sarah Therio offered the Valedictorian’s Address, entitled “Learn from Life.”
Co-Salutatarians Angelique King and Hattie Peterson addressed the crowd, asking “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid?’
The Winslow High School Student Body President-Elect Nicole Buonviri offered a Welcome to Winslow High School address to the upcoming high school students.
Jim MacLean, the Principal of the Junior High joined with Dr. Richard Dodson, the Assistant Principal and Robert T. Mansell, who serves as the Superintendent of Winslow Unified School District #1, and the governing board of that entity to hand out the much-anticipated diplomas.
Afterwards, students joined with family and friends for further celebration.