|Bulldog pride was on full display Wednesday when the Antigo Middle School hosted a graduation ceremony for 172 eighth grade students.|
The program mixed commencement pomp and circumstance with some more informal touches, including a video slide show and a picnic lunch for parents and friends on the school grounds.
The top honor of the day went to Morgan Hotchkiss, who received the Maxwell Award for having the highest grade point average in the class. Here 4.26 average just squeaked out runner-up Wade Farmer.
Interim District Administrator Don Childs, along with Principal Brian Misfeldt and Associate Principal Heather McCann, presented the award.
No graduation would be complete without speeches, and the program featured two good ones.
Student Council President Jordan Russell used a “Dear Diary” format to review her early days at the Middle School, including thinking “this place is so massive” when she first arrived.
She reflected on the ups and downs of Middle School life, including some embarrassing, but now amusing, moments, and the unexpected death of instructional assistant Shelby Gray earlier this year, which she called “the saddest day ever.”
Russell said she will always carry memories of her Middle School friends and of the teachers who have enriched her life.
“Thank you, from all of us eighth grade students, for making our education possible,” she said.
Jordan Knight read an essay he prepared for an English class after studying Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech. Knight related some dreams of his own, including his hopes for one strong nation, working together, and living safely and peacefully.
The eighth grade band, with an introduction by the drumline, performed a rousing selection originally played for the Memorial Day parade.
Certifications of completion were awarded by Misfeldt, McCann and Childs along with School Board President Mike Boldig and member Jeanne Long.
During the awards portion of the morning, certificates of high honors were presented to students who received a GPA of 3.66 or better for all four quarters. Recipients included:
Sarah Anderson, Meghan Bussiere, Deakin Czerneski, Madisson Delebeck, Alexis Dodd, Wade Farmer, Molly Fermanich, Julie Gass, Aleeya Gillette, Montana Grabowsky.
Lauren Hackbarth, Casey Hefner, Morgan Hotchkiss, Dylan Jaraczewski, Alexander Johnson, Lydia Kaegi, Jericho Kelly, Robert Koszarek, Beth Lee, Matthew Lee.
Benjamin Lewandowski, Brandon Lucht, Nicholas Marshall, Jordan Marvin, Armando Metrando, Jesse Poltrock, Jordan Russell, Brianna Stanke, Cody Urban, Callie Wiegert, Dawson Williams.
The school also recognized students who maintained an A-minus average for all four quarters with President’s Award. They went to:
Sarah Anderson, Megan Bussiere, Deakin Czerneski, Madisson Delebeck, Alexis Dodd, Wade Farmer, Molly Fermanich, Julie Gass, Montana Grabowsky, Morgan Hotchkiss.
Alexander Johnson, Jericho Kelly, Robert Koszarek, Beth Lee, Matthew Lee, Benjamin Lewandowski, Brandon Lucht, Nicholas Marshall, Jordan Marvin, Zachary Palmer, Jordan Russell, and Cody Urban.
GRADUATION—In a scene very similar to a high school commencement, Antigo Middle School eighth graders were honored at a ceremony of their own on Wednesday morning. The program included music, student speakers, awards and the presentation of completion certificates. It drew an excellent crowd of parents and friends to the Middle School gymnasium, which hosted similar ceremonies for high school students for many decades before the construction and dedication of the new facility in 1994.