Honor student Haley Scott presented the invocation. Principal John Matus informed the superintendent of schools and the Skidmore-Tynan board of trustees that all 69 students were in the process of fulfilling all of the 8th-grade requirements and would be eligible for promotion to high school upon completion of these requirements.
Fourteen students were presented the “President’s Education Award” for academic excellence in the classroom. To receive the award, a student has to have a cumulative average of 90 or above and a commended performance on the reading or math state assessment. Matus read the letter signed by President Obama that was presented with the award.
The Top Cat awards were presented to the two students with the highest cumulative averages. To receive this award, the student must have attended Skidmore-Tynan for all three of the junior high years.
Honor student Reid Carrillo introduced Patty Holubec, the high school principal, who congratulated the students on their achievements, challenged them to continue in their successes and welcomed them to the high school.
The benediction was presented by honor student Aaron Hughes followed by refreshments prepared and served by the junior high parent organization (VIPS). A slide presentation was projected with pictures of the students taken throughout their junior high careers.