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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — The eighth-grade class of Wellington Junior High School bridged to high school with a promotion ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 14 in the WHS auditorium.
Donned in Skyrocket red graduation gowns, the almost 60 students marched down the aisles to the traditional processional and onto the stage as family and friends watched intently.
Caleb Strickland, third student academically in the class, welcomed the visitors before Jacob Klassen delivered his salutatory address. Christell Melendez, valedictorian, followed with her valedictory address.
Edward Beck, WJHS principal, presented the class for promotion. Meagan O’Rear, WJHS counselor, announced each student as they crossed the stage to accept their diploma. Alison Strickland, Wellington Independent School District Board of Trustee member, and Beck congratulated each graduate as they accepted their certificates.
Jontae Roland, fourth student academically, offered the closing prayer prior to the recessional.
Top 10 honor graduates in addition to Melendez, Klassen, Strickland and Roland are Emma Flores, Trinadad Cantu IV, Leslie Orozco, Jaci Porter, Travon Lewis and Joshua Delacruz.
Class officers include president Kenzi Ballinger, vice president Karver Field, secretary T. Lewis and treasurer Melendez.
Seventh grade students Noah Cantu, Oakley Folk, Brynlee Philliops and Treylea Wiebe served as ushers for the event.