Perry, St. Patrick fifth graders attend D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony

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Tony Ayala, PHS Class of 2007, addresses the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. A total of 144 Perry Public and 11 St. Patricks School fifth graders received recognition at the event for graduating from their D.A.R.E. classes.

All fifth grade students in Perry were honored at the Perry Performing Arts Center Monday during graduation ceremonies honoring their completion of D.A.R.E. classes.

As part of their instruction, each student was asked to write an essay detailing what they had learned from D.A.R.E.

Each of the seven classrooms was awarded one winner, with the victorious essays read at the ceremony by Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn, and Officers Pat Jans and Jerome Hill, D.A.R.E. instructors.

Each essay winner was announced and came onto the stage to be congratulated and be given a medal and a stuffed lion, the mascot for D.A.R.E.

Winners were Rafael Avila (Mr. Cline’s class), Autumn Utterback (Mrs. Higgins), Valeria Contreras (Miss Molitor), Sharitzy Romero (Mrs. Miner), Ashley Macias (Miss Gast) and Carter Iben (Mrs. Adair), with Kyler Carstarphen (Miss Diaz) winning from St. Patrick’s School.

Each student was announced and crossed the stage to receive congratulations, a certificate, pencil and sticker and a new $2 bill.

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