Blackwater 8th-graders 'ready for the jump' to high school

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
From left, Mary Watson presents the Arrow Rock Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award to Cheyenne Talbott during the Blackwater School graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 18. (Geoff Rands/Democrat-News)

Blackwater School sent its eighth-graders on their way to high school Tuesday, May 18, in a graduation ceremony.

Cassidy Renfrow opened the ceremony, saying that she expects a bit of a shock to come with the move from a class of eight to a class of 100, but she, for one, is "ready for the jump."

She spoke of the memories she and her classmates had formed, saying, "We may not always get along, but we will never forget all the good times we have had."

Art teacher Judy Walker, introduced by student Waylon Gerard, mentioned each student in the class, giving a short list of their interests, favorite subjects and even pets.

"Only Waylon would have a pet python named Slick," she said.

She urged students to remember the depth of the roots they have in Blackwater.

Paraphrasing a section of Proverbs, Walker said, "Knowledge is great, but use it wisely."

She ended her speech by advising the students to choose their friends wisely, study, have fun and take part in extracurricular activities.

Mary Watson presented the Arrow Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Citizenship Award to Cheyenne Talbott.

In addition to Renfrow, Gerard and Talbott, other graduates were Steven Clardy, Amanda Jean Hampton, Larry Nease II, Tiffany O'Bryan and Joshua Underwood.

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