Choices Graduation 2014 was held January 13 and included all of grades 4 and 5 of Boswell Elementary School during an assembly held in the Boswell Gymnasium.
During the graduation ceremony 5th graders at Boswell were honored for completing the Choices Unlimited 2-year course. Awards were also presented for two contests that 5th graders had the opportunity to compete in – a essay writing contest and a skit writing contest.
Skit Writing Contest
Students were challenged to voluntarily write a skit that centered around making wise choices pertaining to drugs, alcohol violence or choosing friends. Prizes consisting of gift certificates to Cornerstone Subs and Pizza were awarded to the top 3 skits that were chosen out of the entire 5th grade class. Winners of the contest were Grace Dulong (first place), Angelica Mendoze (second place) and Briana Vorhees (third place). The winning skit was then performed during the graduation ceremonies.
All 5th grade students were required to write an essay that answered the following questions: 1.) What do you think of the Choices program? 2.) What did you learn while you were in Choices? 3.) Why is it important to stay drug-free? 4.) What do you plan to do after high school?
The top 3 essays were also awarded prizes consisting of gift certificates to Cornerstone Subs and Pizza. The essay winners were Riley McKinney (first place), Aubrianna Walker (second place) and Sam Schafer (third place). The following students also received honorable mention (in no particular order): Grace Baker, Sadey Rogers, Jace Keagy, Tristan Lowrance, Nicole Truitt and Cara Larimore.
Challenge and new opportunities
Fourth-grade students were given the challenge to compete next year where they too would have the opportunity to compete in both contests.
Fifth-grade students were also informed that Choices Unlimited would also be available to them next year thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ed Elsea, principal of Hillcrest Middle School and the staff. This year marks the first year for Choices Unlimited being offered to sixth graders within the Lebnaon R-3 School District.