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Award ceremony, graduation held for Pine Island students

June 5, 2019
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island Elementary School held graduation ceremonies for students in kindergarten through 5th grade last week. Approximately 245 students moved up a grade.

"This has been an awesome year, it's hard to believe we've come to the end of the year," Principal Steve Hook said. "I had a superintendent who used to say, 'Have a good day or not, the choice is yours.' One great thing about working here is that I have a staff and students who choose daily to have a great day. It makes working here truly a blessing."

Kindergarteners were the first to hold their award ceremony on May 21. At the 1st and 2nd grades award ceremony, Hook awarded Eagle Awards to Wyatt Stamm, Adrian Perez Guadarrama, Stella Skorupski, Helen Diaz, Dayanara Vergara, Pierce Leibert, Ashlynn Clancy and Hunter Denty.

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The graduating kindergarten class at Pine Island Elementary.

ED FRANKS

At the 3rd and 4th grade award ceremony, Tonya Player, Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island president, presented the Student of the Year awards to one student in each grade.

"I actually went to elementary school here," Player said. "Also, my children went to elementary school here and my grandchildren went to elementary school here. The mission of the Pine Island Kiwanis is to support children and to date the Pine Island Kiwanis has given about $400,000 in scholarships."

Each student was recommended by their teacher for the award. The 3rd grade Student of the Year is Allison Diaz Ramos and the 4th grade Student of the Year is Anna Borgerdling. Each student received a plaque and $30.

At the fifth grade graduation, awards were given by the Daughters of the American Revolution to Madelynn Wells, Kiwanis to Abigail Anderson , Bobby Holloway Foundation to Ashleigh Ryan and the Carson Scholarship award to Arianna Brandes, Makenna Stearns and Olivia Lee (winner).

Hook credited local artist Mel Meo for the inspiration of his remarks at the event.

"My message to all of you is this," Hook said. "You can be part of a masterpiece. Wherever you go, whatever you do, add value. In the picture Mel Meo was painting, markers were used, paper, reds, yellows and greens and all kinds of color. In and of themselves not that all exciting but when used together, each of them contributed to the beauty of the final product... Each of you have special God-given talents and gifts... The challenge is to not just be a blank paper, create your own masterpiece and be involved, giving your best and adding value... You are braver than you sometimes believe, you are stronger than you sometimes give yourself credit for, and you are smarter than you think."

 
 

 

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