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KDES Recognition Day

"Soar like an eagle!" This was the theme of the KDES Honorees Recognition Day ceremony held June 11 in MSSD's Theatre Malz. The honorees shared memories of their time at KDES and explained what the school means to them.

Guest speaker Sandy Paradis, a retiring middle school math teacher, implored the graduates to use the roots they put down at KDES in the next chapter of their lives. "You have been given roots which are important in life," she said. "Now it is time for you to soar like an eagle. There is nothing that can stop you from reaching your dreams and goals." Paradis also reflected on her feelings which she said were shared by the teachers of KDES:  "I will never forget you. You have given me so much joy, laughter, satisfaction, and pride."

The packed auditorium included family, friends, schoolmates, bus drivers, and administrators who have watched the graduating students grow throughout the years. Honoree Kelly Doleac served as mistress of ceremonies. Doleac thanked her teachers, her family, and everyone who helped her to get to where she is now. Serving as Student Body Government president "gave me an opportunity to develop and improve my leadership skills," she said.

Honoree Diego Trejo recognized his teachers, saying "There are so many wonderful teachers who want to see the students succeed. It makes me want to work harder and succeed." Trejo also recognized Paradis, saying that he would miss her and that "she made my school year better and was a wonderful teacher!"

All of the honorees were presented with certificates. KDES interim principal Shaitaisha Winston and assistant principal for instruction Donald Mahoney also presented six honorees with the following awards:

Elizabeth Jackson Award: Fatou Greene
Linwood Smith Award: Diego Trejo
Malcolm Norwood Award: Amberlin Hines
KPTA Award: Amanda Roberts and Arjaneé Davis
Kendall Cup: Kelly Doleac