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KDES honorees finish as all around champions

Image: Principal Nancy Berrigan (left) and the honorees gathered together before the cutting of the cake at the reception held at MSSD’s Eagle Zone for friends and families.

Principal Nancy Berrigan (left) and the honorees gathered together before the cutting of the cake at the reception held at MSSD’s Eagle Zone for friends and families.

Image: Guest speaker and KDES boys basketball coach Jax Chuang shared with the audience some of his memories of when he played middle school basketball.

Guest speaker and KDES boys basketball coach Jax Chuang shared with the audience some of his memories of when he played middle school basketball.

Image: Lycia Maynard and Garrett Rickey served as masters of ceremonies. The photo in the background shows Rickey with his shoulder-length hair he grew for Locks of Love.

Lycia Maynard and Garrett Rickey served as masters of ceremonies. The photo in the background shows Rickey with his shoulder-length hair he grew for Locks of Love.

Congratulations to our nine Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) honorees and their families. Families, friends, teachers, administrators, and staff gathered to celebrate the new graduates at the Honorees Recognition Day held at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf's Theatre Malz on June 7.

The Class of 2012 might be described as having succumbed to basketball fever. It came as no surprise that they asked the boys basketball coach, Guang "Jax" Chuang, to give remarks as the featured guest speaker. Coach Chuang started coaching the teams three years ago. In his remarks he talked about how both the boys and girls built up their teams from being complete novices to winning the Tri-State Championships two years in a row. He admired the players' enthusiasm and determination not let obstacles get in their path and how they learned the game and pulled together as teams.

Each member of the Class of 2012 took on different roles throughout the ceremony. Lycia Maynard and Garrett Rickey served as sasters of ceremonies. Maynard, who originally came from St. Kitts, expressed her desire to one day become a teacher of deaf students. Rickey showed a photograph which was projected onto the stage screen of himself in long hair. He grew his hair to shoulder length to donate to Locks of Love for children with cancer. At the ceremony he was recognized with the Community Service Award for his actions.

The KDES students entertained their audience with skits, song interpretation, and an art presentation. The middle school American Sign Language (ASL) students from Francisca Rangel's class performed the National Anthem in ASL to choreography designed by family coordinator Tara Downing. Jonathan Guzman and Yave Sanchez told a story in ASL with a twist about an old couple in a restaurant-the husband ate first while his wife waited until her husband could pass their one set of dentures under the table! The middle school ensemble also performed a moving rendition of the song "Seasons of Love," choreographed by Downing from the Broadway musical Rent. LaDasha Williams gave the farewell speech with emphasis on keeping a positive attitude.

The class members each showed great poise on stage after many years of opportunities of presenting themselves well in front of audiences, at school activities such as their academic expos of their learning projects, school performances, or on the basketball court. One of the favorite celebration activities for the honorees this year was a Tea Party given by speech language pathologist Bettie Waddy-Smith in their honor on May 24. The students dressed up in finery to enjoy elegant pastries and hors d'oeurves while seated at elegant tables in the company of their parents, teachers, and staff. Several of the students had requested the tea party because they so fondly remembered the one Waddy-Smith hosted for them in Kindergarten to help them learn good manners in a social setting.

With the grace and confidence the honorees showed on June 7, they gave proof to the adage that "All we need to know in life, we learned in Kindergarten"-with of course lots of reminders from family, teachers, and friends along the way to young adulthood.

Congratulations to our 2012 Honorees:

Niqua Gray
Jonathan Guzman
Lynicia Maynard
Diamani McNeely
Mauricio Orozco
Garrett Rickey
Yave Sanchez
Elisha Spinosi
LaDasha Williams

The following honorees received awards:

The Elizabeth Jackson Award
LaDasha Williams

The Lindwood Smith Award
Niqua Gray

The Overcomer Award
Jonathan Guzman

The Wildcat Award (for sports)
Niqua Gray
Lynicia Maynard
Diamani McNeely
Mauricio Orozco
Garrett Rickey
Yave Sanchez
Elisha Spinosi
LaDasha Williams

Community Service Award
Garrett Rickey

KPTA  Award
LaDasha Williams and Niqua Gray

Kendall Cup
LaDasha Williams