Spotlights
Seventh District Elementary hosts farewell assembly for its fifth graders
6/27/11

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Bottom: Lindsey McNicholas, Erin Sistek, J.D. Woods, Hannah Weeren, and Janie Bolling. Middle: Erin Arnold, Kara Schmidt, Madeline Knight, Megan Loomis, and Dawson Jones. Top: Principal Leslie Brooks, Hunt Valley Rotary President Nancy Young, and Assistant Principal Cathy SantaCroce.

On the day before the last day of the 2010-2011 school year, students, family members, teachers, and administrators gathered to celebrate the achievements of Seventh District Elementary School fifth-grade students and to wish them well as they prepare to enter Hereford and other middle schools.

With a ‘60s theme of “Peace, Love, and Happiness,” the assembly included speeches, award presentations, and musical performances.  

Embedded throughout the program were opportunities for all 74 of the departing fifth graders to stand behind the microphone and share their favorite Seventh District memories. All of the students were also represented in a slide show, received certificates of completion, and each student received a copy of the slide show to keep as a memory of this special day.

The program began with greetings from fifth-grader Liam Fox, who in the third grade won the school’s prestigious Norma S. Frey Friendship Award. Named in honor of a former Seventh District teacher, the award is presented to a third grader who exemplifies friendliness, kindness, and respect for others.

Other event speakers included Principal Leslie Brooks, Assistant Principal Cathy SantaCroce, Student Government Association President Liam Fox and SGA Vice President Matthew Ryan.

Special guest Nancy Young, president of the Hunt Valley Rotary Club, presented the F. Dawes Garrett Award. The late F. Dawes Garrett was a longtime principal of Seventh District and a co-founder of the Parkton Rotary Club. Garrett Awards are presented to students in the graduating classes of Prettyboy and Seventh District elementary schools and Hereford High School who deserve recognition for their character and good citizenship. Seventh District’s 2011 F. Dawes Garrett Award was presented to Hannah Weeren. Also recognized were fourth runner up J.D. Woods, third runner up Erin Sistek, second runner up Dawson Jones, and first runner up Lindsey McNicholas.  All runners up received a certificate, the first runner up also received a pin, and the winner was also presented with a plaque.

Young also bestowed Citizenship Awards to the following students selected by their teachers, recognizing them for demonstrating integrity, honesty, and responsibility:  fourth runner up Tyler Melchoir, tie for third runner up Erin Arnold and Maddie Knight, second runner up Megan Loomis, and the winner Mckenzy Hall. 

In addition, the school handed out Maryland Mathematics League Awards and Outstanding Achievement Awards.  Mathematics League Award winners included third runner up Alex Gill Boucher, second runner up David Stickles, first runner up Justin Ciemian, and the winner Dylan Moritz.  Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented to Lindsey McNicholas as a Carson Scholar finalist and to Janie Bolling for her short story winning entry at the state level in the Young Authors Contest.

Parents played a major role in the event – creating decorations and the concluding slide show. In appreciation for their hard work, the fifth grade teachers – Jane Leitzel, Ashley Lippenholz, and Jennifer Wisnom, Principal Brooks, Assistant Principal SantaCroce, and long term substitute Patrice Auffarth all received flowers from the PTA.

Photos courtesy of Seventh District Elementary School.
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