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Andover promotes four Young Women of Wonder
ANDOVER- Four young ladies were honored last week during a red carpet ceremony to promote them from their small fifth grade class at Andover Elementary School to the sixth grade at one of the two local middle schools.
Perry Morton, Niya Dixon, Angela Cintron and Madison Smith arrived at the school by the town fire truck, driven by Niya’s dad, Rob. Elaine Morton escorted each of the smiling young ladies to the door, where Rob walked them down the red carpet, announced their names and handed them off to their waiting dads and one brother, to be seated in the front of their friends and families.
Mrs. Littlehale, acting principal for the small school, welcomed the students and their guests and thanked the small community for their ongoing support of their children.
“Andover is a great community and these are one of the nicest group of kids. There is so much support here, that support has helped make these kids who they are.”
Littlehale presented the principal’s award to Madison Smith for her respectful and responsible nature, for being safe and showing an ability to lead.
Littlehale also presented presidential awards to both Perry Morton and Angela Cintron for their outstanding academic excellence, and to Niya Dixon and Maddison Smith for “putting their whole heart into their learning.”
Next, Ms. Thurston presented math achievement awards to Angela and Perry, and Norm Clanton of American Legion Post 81 in Bethel presented Madison Smith with their annual award recognizing her for portraying courage, honor, being a leader, showing patriotism, scholarship and service.
The music teacher, Mrs. Stowell, presented certificates to Niya, Perry and Madison for their “incredible musical performances” in the District 2 music festival.
Another annual award given to a fifth grade student is the Joyce Morgan award. Morgan is a former teacher at the school and the award is presented to a dedicated student who shows a love for their subjects. Gail Parent, Morgan’s sister, presented the award to Niya.
Ms. Thurston gave the Walter Fox Book award to Angela and the Peter Michaud award to Perry.
The four young ladies performed Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield in front of their family and friends before their medallion ceremony.
Each student was then presented with a promotional medallion by members of their families and then viewed a slideshow of their years at Andover Elementary School.
During the ceremony, Ms. Thurston read a poem entitled, Young Women of Wonder. In that poem, Ms. Thurston conveyed to the girls to learn from wisdom, be strong and courageous, and to use their minds for good decisions. “We celebrate you.”
Three of the four girls will move on to Telstar Middle School next year and one will attend Mountain Valley.