Gila Crossing Community promotes eighth grade class of 2017
June 2, 2017
Roberto A. Jackson
Gila River Indian News
The eighth grade class of Gila Crossing Community School is ready to move on to high school. Fifty eighth grade students from Gila Crossing were promoted on May 19 at a ceremony held at the Boys & Girls Club – Komatke Branch in District 6. The gym was filled with family members and supporters to witness the students say goodbye to the eighth grade and prepare for high school.
Lead Principal Dr. Gregory Sackos welcomed the graduates and reminded them that their education has just started. “Tonight is not an ending, tonight is really just a beginning,” he said.
Principal Jeremy Copenhaver thanked the parents and repeated what Dr. Sackos imparted. “Don’t let this night be the last night of your education,” Copenhaver said.
Lt. Gov. Monica Antone’s address followed student body president Damian Martinez, and she acknowledged all the teachers. “There’s always a teacher…that says, ‘yes you can,’” she said.
Valedictorian Kayla Thompson closed the evening of speakers. She followed Tribal Education Department Director Isaac Salcido and Salutatorian Antonio Hernandez. Thompson expressed her love for her classmates and implored them to focus on their education. “I encourage you to stay away from the wrong crowd,” she said.
The ceremony concluded with a roll call of all the students and the presentation of all the graduates. Refreshments and cake were served in an adjacent auditorium at the club.
Gila Crossing Community School Eighth Grade Class