Headed to grade school

Kindergartener Jude Oliver, left, adjusts his mortarboard while classmate Emmalin Ranch waves to family and friends. The students, from Ms. Bailey’s class, were among more than 100 kindergarteners to graduate from HMK’s Class of 2019. They entered the school’s multipurpose room to “Pomp and Circumstance” played on a child’s piano. They sang “We’re Kindergarten Grads” “I Like School,” “All We’re Meant To Be,” and “Kindergarten Days.”Photo by Anthony Militano

Moving on up

The 2019 Sixth Grade Step Up Assembly was held on May 30 at HMK Elementary School. More than 120 students begin middle school next school year. Hiroshi Burriola, Elisabeth Knight, Aracely Medina, and Maggie Wilkowske had perfect attendance from kindergarten through the sixth grade and each received a Mongoose bicycle courtesy of Crump-Reese Auto. HMK Principal Ms. Kay encouraged the students to change the world and make it a better place through acts of kindness. Above, Yasmin Lovato’s relative snuck up in front of the crowd, gave her balloons, a stuffed animal, and an affectionate peck on the cheek at the HMK sixth grade ceremony.Photo by Anthony Militano

8th grade is promoted to high school

The Grand County Middle School held an awards and promotion ceremony May 30 in the Grand County Middle School gym. The eighth grade choir sang “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry and the band played “Comet Ride” composed by Brian Balmages. Eighth-graders Hailey Dowd, Jesse Gomez, Maggie Gorene, Natalie Haase, Willow Nichols, Lillian Scott, Seneca Tatera, Anja Thomas and Megan Zunich achieved a 4.0 GPA this year. Above, a relative adorns Maddox Smiley with handmade leis filled with $1, $5 and $10 bills. Smiley is high school bound.Photo by Anthony Militano