As Emerson J. Dillon eighth graders prepare to make the transition to high school, their teachers and administrators recently took time to recognize them for their accomplishments.
Hundreds of awards were presented during a morning assembly in the school cafeteria.
Teachers recognized students in every area from athletics to academics.
Some of the honorees were praised for their consistent marks throughout the year, some were congratulated for making significant improvement, and others were honored for their effort and perseverance.
In addition to awarding traditional certificates and trophies, the EJD Student Council and Parent Teacher Organization donated special prizes to students who had perfect attendance and/or received Gold Stars for all four years of middle school.
Phoenix “Class of 2019” T-shirts were presented to perfect attendance award winners Gianna DeRoberts, Crystal Stobart and Mark Zogg.
The four-year Gold Star winners were: Annabelle Adams, Gabriella Allen, Marcus Berube, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Hannah Gilbert, Declan Hawthorne, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Wendy Li, Ashley Margrey, Alayna Merrill, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Mariah Sheirer, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins and Edward Zellar.
These students were presented with Firebird fleece stadium blankets.
For the soon-to-be high school students, the ceremony was bittersweet as they reflected on their past achievements and looked forward to future success.
Class president Garrett Watkins commended his classmates for making their mark on EJD.
“The things we’ve learned and the memories we’ve created will last a lifetime,” Watkins said. “I believe our time at JCB will be just as memorable.”
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Maggie-Lee Basile •Eric Betts •Madison Bird •Trent Breckenridge •Gage Breckenridge •Cole Britton •Christopher Bruno •Christopher Caltabiano •Abigail Clark •Casie Coon •Nicollette D’Arrigo • Donovan Dygert •Matthew Francis •Luke Francisco •Robert Fredericks •Brianna Gates •Hans Goodnow •Kirsten Greenleaf •Bryon Halstead •Johnna Harke •Tia Hill •Ethan Hunt •Hunter Jewell •Morgan Johnson •Ashley Carbonaro •Cole LaPine •Taylor Mattice •John Matzke V •Erin McArdell •Leo Murray Jr .•Makayla Newvine •Jacob Palmatier •Dakota Palocy •Caytlyn Prickett •Hannah Sallis •Alyssa Schafer •Payton Scruton •Natasha Zody •Mark Zogg
Outstanding Academic Excellence
Annabelle Adams •Gabriella Allen •Kearra Backus •Marcus Berube •Erika Brown •Gianna DeRoberts •Hannah Gilbert •Xander Harrison •Declan Hawthorne •Megan Hess •Emilie Hilliard •Danielle LeFebvre •Wendy Li •Ashley Margrey •Alayna Merrill •Olivia Ripley •Kristine Rowe •Mairin Sgroi •Mariah Sheirer •Joshua Smith •Crystal Stobart •Olivia Thrall •Joshua VanGorder •Garrett Watkins •Edward Zellar.