On Nov. 15, White Oak Elementary School Principal Chris Maier welcomed many parents and guests to the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.
He thanked them for their attendance and support of both the graduates and the Morris Police D.A.R.E. Program.
The students participated in the 10-week program, which focuses on teaching them life skills that will help them make positive decisions as they grow up. The program further stresses how being drug-free helps build a foundation for the rest of their lives.
The Honorable Judge Robert Marsaglia, circuit judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit, was the featured speaker. Judge Marsaglia explained the importance of making good decisions.
He told the graduates if they use the skills and strategies they learned in the D.A.R.E. lessons, they will be very productive citizens. He stressed that, as they grow older, they are going to have many more important choices to make throughout their lives.
As part of the 10-week D.A.R.E. program, each student was required to write an essay on what they learned in D.A.R.E. and why they think it is important to be drug- and violence-free. A representative from each class was recognized and each read his or her essay as part of the graduation ceremony.
Class representatives received a D.A.R.E. sports ball and a D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Medallion. The class representatives were: Ms. Castanier’s class – Sophia Shaw Mrs. DesLauriers’s class – Dylan Tash Mrs. Farber’s class – Olivia Jenkins Mrs. Farmer’s class – Meganne Johnson Ms. Leavitt’s class – Andrew Hipes
Each D.A.R.E. graduate received a D.A.R.E. T-shirt, a D.A.R.E. pin, and a certificate recognizing their achievement.
Patrol Officers’ Doris Noll, Scott Ator, and Jessica Smith were the instructors for the program.
The D.A.R.E graduates were:
From Ms. Castanier’s class: Kearstin Arends Peter Cook Kevin Countryman Samantha Curry Nico Dominy Abbi Fritchtnitch Lily Goode Courtney Hicks Gabe Huffman Owen Jungles Avery Kneller Justin Mann Baylee Newman Colton Obrochta Shyanne Payton Logan Pierce Jeanette Ringer Elizabeth Rivera Logan Roos Sophia Shaw Alexis Smith Shawnee Timm Ashlyn Williams Abigail Yepez Gustavo Zavala
From Mrs. DesLauriers’ class: Lupe Aguilera Haley Aukland Dillion Conroy Nathan Diaz Ben Doss Carlie Evans Angel Heck Michael Hernandez Sammie Hill Amelia Hiney Hailey Jamison Logan Joseph Saira Juarez Mandy Knapp Madison Koster Charlie Lewis Mariah McPherson Landon Moore Jose Rico Mandie Sanches Eyin Stanford Nolan Swartz Dylan Tash Arielle Taylor Alyssa Zebell
From Mrs. Farber’s class: Donielle Anderson Jennifer Arteaga Clare Bates Morgan Campbell Erik Echeverria Jesse Gill Keegan Glenn Olivia Jenkins Skyler Jordan Frank Kellam Jared Kleinfeldt Carter Lewis Evan Lindemuth Bryce Mahnke Niki Matuszewski Tera McCormick Andrew Meloun Sophie Mennenga Naya Miller Jocelyn Olvera Emma Peterson Joseph Pursell Kaylee Roather Brandon Weitzel Steffan Wengstrom Esperanza Xique
From Mrs. Farmer’s class: Chloe Albert Robert Baggett Payton Barringer Evan Briones Tristan Clower Scott Dale Clayton Foster Hannah Hitchcock Meganne Johnson Alayna Kjellesvik Kaden Linn Nathan Lobb Abigail Marsmaker Savannah Melby Marina Mercado Austin Montanus Hope Nehmelman Brooke Oesterle Evan Olson Izak Provance Gavin Ross Genesis Sandoval Blain Small Drew Tambling Haley Thompson
From Ms. Leavitt’s class: Elian Aguilera Robert Bates Zachary Callahan Mary Chellino Anna Diaz Liam Enger Brianna Gorges Rori Griffin Abbygail Harvey Andrew Hipes Darrion Hopper Anja Huettemann Coby Kingsbury Michael Knight Leah Kukman Israel Lopez Cade Menozi Taelor Mutz Avery Newsom David Nondorf Keihn Olsen Howard Olson Brandon Phelps Simone Robinson-Stevens Austin Shell Isabella Simon Alexia Wilhoite