Fifty-two sixth-grade students received diplomas on Tuesday morning during a ceremony at Carlisle Elementary School.
The program began with a presentation of the flags by Shaun Lovelady and Payton Wicklund, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Taylor Cullum, Dale Highfill, Kiara Miller, Teighlor Tumbleson and Jessica Vent.
Cassie Madar gave the invocation and a welcome was given by Ema Plafcan.
Elementary School Principal Susie Ward recognized sixth grade teachers and the presentation of special awards for junior high cheerleaders, Morgan Brazeal and Trinity Gosney; seventh-grade student council members Taylor Cullum, Dale Highfill, Kiara Miller, Teighlor Tumbleson and Jessica Vent; shooting clay team members Trevor Teel; and archery teams members Marcus Corley, Kaden Bray, Braiden Wakefield, Caitlyn Kilgore, Taylor Cullum, Shaun Lovelady, Cliffton Tucker, Wyatt Tipton and Trevor Teel.
Students recognized for their contribution to the book fair donation program this year, which was matched by Scholastic and spent on books for kindergarten students who could not afford to purchase items at the book fair. Theses students were: Shea Alberson, Heather Bowlan, Noah Calhoun, Jay Canoy, JaSean Harper, Dale Highfill, Paxton Hitchings, Brianna Johnson, Dontae Leker, Shawn Lovelady, Jasmyn McElyea, Kiara Miller, Tayvion Nelson, Brittany Priest, Madison Rash, Cody Sullivan, Cliffton Tucker and Payton Wicklund. Each student received a pin for their generosity.
Sixth grade teacher Stephanie Sanders read a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating students on receiving the President’s Education Award. Sanders followed by reading the names of the Gold Presidential Award recipients. To receive the Gold Presidential Award, a student must have a grade point average of 3.50 and 4.0 in the core subjects of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies from second through sixth grade. Students given this award were: Morgan Brazeal, Meredith Cotner, Taylor Cullum, Ashytn Evans, Trinity Gosney, Dale Highfill III, Cory Jones, Caitlyn Kilgore, Cassie Madar, Jasmyn McElyea, Kiara Miller, Ema Plafcan, Teighlor Tumbleson and Jessica Vent.
Michelle Waymire, a sixth grade teacher, read the names of the Silver Presidential Award recipients. To receive the Silver Presidential Award, a student must have a GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 in the core subjects of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies from second through sixth grade. Students that received this award was Heather Bowlan, Marcus Corley, James Highfill, Paxton Hitchings, Trinity Hudson, Dontae Leker, Cody Sullivan and Morgan Wilson.
Sixth grade teacher Carol Hawkins read the names of the citizenship awards recipients. To receive a Citizenship Award, a student must have maintained an A in citizenship in grades second through sixth. Citizenship Award recipients were Shea Alberson, Heather Bowlan, Morgan Brazeal, Trinity Hudson, Brianna Hurt, Caitlyn Kilgore, Cassie Madar, Ema Plafcan, Clayton Tipton, Teighlor Tumbleson and Braiden Wakefield.
Elementary School Principal Susie Ward read the names of the Carlisle Academic Award recipients. To receive the Carlisle Academic Award, a student must have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0 in the core subjects of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies in second through sixth grade. Students to receive the Carlisle Academic Award were: Heather Bowlan, Morgan Brazeal, Marcus Cotner, Taylor Cullum, Ashytn Evans, Trinity Gosney, Dale Highfill III, James Highfill, Paxton Hitchings, Trinity Hudson, Cory Jones, Caitlyn Kilgore, Dontae Leker, Cassie Madar, Jasmyn McElyea, Kiara Miller, Ema Plafcan, Cody Sullivan, Teighlor Tumbleson, Jessica Vent and Morgan Wilson.
The most outstanding boy and girl awards are voted on by the teachers. This year voting was extremely tight and several runoffs were held before the winner could be decided, according to Ward. This year the most outstanding boy was Dale Highfill and the most outstanding girl was Teighlor Tumbleson. Both will receive a $50 savings bond.
Following the presentation of awards, diplomas were given. Homeroom teachers announced the graduates and Ward presented the diplomas.
Sixth grade graduates were Morgan Elizabeth Brazeal, Noah Jefferson Calhoun, Baylor Maxfield Craig, Brie Annalynn Derrick, Ashtyn Nicole Evans, Christian Trent Harrison, Thomas Henderson Jr. James Gary Highfill, Trinity Divine Star Hudson, Brianna Nicole Hurt, Wesley Draven James, William Braiden Harrison Jenkins, Ema HuiBin Plafcan, Madison Alexandria Rash, Trevor Daviss Teel, Clayton Wyatt Tipton, Payton Daniel Wicklund, Morgan Michelle Wilson, Angela Lee Shea Alberson, Taylor Michelle Cullum, Dale Allen Highfill III, Paxton Scott Hitchings,Brianna La Verne Johnson, Cory Adam Jones, Ellis Grace Kenzel, Jeri Caitlyn Kilgore, Zackery Ovis Long, Shaun Marshall Lovelady, Tayvion Laquint Metcalf, Austin Wayne Parker, Emily Nichole Stivers Parks, Matthew Joseph Sullivan, Saisy Leeann Tucker, Teighlor Rennae Tumbleson, Jessica Marie Vent, Braiden Matthew Wakefield, Heather Nicole Bowlan, Richard Kaden Bray, James Henry Canoy III, Marcus Benjamin Corley, Meredith Skyler Cotner, Trinity Lane Gosney, JaSean O’Neil Harper, Brianna Leigh Jenkins, Morgan Paige Kelly, Dontae Reshard Leker, Cassie Elissa Madar, Jasmyn Lauray McElyea, Kiara Marshia Mae Miller, Brittany Lee Priest, Cody Dewayne Sullivan, Cliffton Wade Tucker and Zachary Eli VanHouten.
After presenting the diplomas, Ward gave the students words of wisdom about choices. Ward said “You have completed you years in elementary and now you have a new beginning.” Ward continued,” Again, the choice is yours… will it be the right choice or one that you have to live with. No one knows what will happen, but you have to be willing to weigh your decisions and to take the chance.”
Ward told the students that their choices in the future will change their lives forever.
“As you leave here today, I want you to remember that your future in the palm of your hand. What you choose to do with it will change your lives forever.” She added, “Although those people will be turning you over to a different set of teachers, you are not getting rid of me. I have graduated sixth grade and will be joining you in high school next year. So before you do something silly, knowing that you might get caught, remember Ms . Ward is watching you.”
The Alma Mater was lead by Jasmyn McElyea, Cory Jones, Caitlyn Kilgore, Meredith Cotner and Trinity Gosney.
Ashtyn Evans gave closing remarks before the presentation of a slide show. The benediction was given by Morgan Brazeal. The program concluded with the procession of the graduates.