Students from Wheaton Elementary School and Purdy Middle School traveled to Washburn to participate in the annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation, which was held in the Southwest Middle School gymnasium on May 4.
Barry County DARE Officer Larry Stockton opened the DARE graduation by introducing teachers, administrators and other officials in attendance at the event. Stockton also recognized his wife, Cheryl, who assists him with the DARE program.
Barry County Sherriff Mick Epperly served as the special guest speaker during the graduation ceremony. Epperly read the poem "I Am Meth" and spoke to the students about making positive decisions throughout their lives.
This year, one student from each school district was selected to read their DARE essay at the graduation ceremony. Essay contest winners included: Taylor Swindle, of Southwest; Emma Mareth, of Purdy; and Savina Vang, of Wheaton.
Stockton also recognized five students who were selected as runners-up in the essay contest. They were: Lane Morgan and Landon Hendrix, both of Southwest; Hallie Henderson and Caleb Lucero, both of Purdy; and Katie Peterson, of Wheaton.
DARE certificates were presented to each student by Southwest, Wheaton and Purdy teachers. Eileen Ford, Wheaton Elementary School principal, Janet Boys, Purdy Middle School principal, and Beverly Bonner, Southwest Middle School principal, assisted with the presentations.
The 2010 DARE graduates are listed below by school:
Southwest: Brayden Aday, Bailee Aldridge, Sarah Atkinson, Deecan Barnes, Angela Beard, Aaron Beeson, Kaitlyn Bernard, Zachary Blair, Caitlin Blevins, Cody Brooks, Courtney Broyles, Jackayla Bruno, Dezaray Cannady, Joshua Clay, James Colunga, Myka Cook, Rayven Crowe, Kinzie Daniels, Madison Decker, John Durossette, Kenneth Durossette, Hope Dutton, Jay Fields, Haley Glueckert, Tanner Hackett, Dylon Hamilton, Caid Harrison, Charlie Henderson, Kristen Hendrix, Landon Hendrix, Rainie Holly, Alexa Hudgins, Blanche Kirk, Tyler Lakey, Devon Lawson, Tanner Leonhardt, Dustin Lewellen, Mariah Long, Deven Maleki, Colten Matthues, Austin McCormick, Ceara McCoy, Wyatt McKeever, Trinity McKinney, Lane Morgan, Nicholus Pirri, Seth Prince, Adam Ramirez, Merissa Randolph, Brianna Roller, Jason Rossner, Summer Rusher, Allison Serrano, Rebecca Shields, Emily Snyder, Patrick Sprayberry, Jacob Stephens, Evan Still, Vincent Suchowski, Heidi Sutter, Taylor Swindle, Tyler Troyer, Payton Varner, Alissa Walker, Mackinlee Walls, Alexa Whitlow, Tristan Whitlow and Bryten Zeigler.
Purdy: Lindsey Aldridge, Brookelyn Aust, Yakeline Avila, Alonza Barrientos, Garrett Bennett, Betty Berry, Colton Blizard, Megan Bound, Chance Brewer, Weston Bricker, Caleb Brown, Zoe Brown, Savannah Burch, Jose Cecenas, Hunter Cook, Julissa Cruz, Casey Ellison, Cory Gamble, Mason Glassco, Anthony Gonzalez, Payton Good, Hunter Green, Rylee Healey, Hallie Henderson, McKenzie Holland, Amber Holm, Adam Humphrey, Nathanael Jones, Tyler Keeler, Lacy Lowe, Caleb Lucero, Emma Mareth, Rylee Moller, Cierra Moore, Makayla Mosell, Ryan Pack, Jose Perez, Trenton Pettit, Kayla Pippin, Kole Rea, Jonathan Reatheford, Macie Rivera, Daniel Roller, Jose Sanchez, Mikey Schad, Nathan Scott, Layne Skiles, Krista Skinkis, Cailyn Spears, Brent Summers, Mariela Torres, Kelli Trent, Kevin Villa, Samantha Watson, Koua Yang and Joby Young.
Wheaton: Kellie Archer, Lacy Birchfield, Joshua Bowling, Bo Brattin, Gracie Brown, Abrianna Chaddock, Wayland Cha, Annissa Cline, Rodney Cook, Taylor Cox, Mackenzie Dickey, Brayden England, Kimberly Graves, Nikki Haase, Lina Hang, Richard Hang, Noah Harmon, Amaya Hudson, Nycole Kimbrough, Elijah Kirk, Jet Lee, Gairon Lombard, Marius Lupescu, Baylee Musick, Gerardo Nunez, Cody Parks, Emily Pendergraft, Katie Peterson, Johnathan Pruitt, Brooklynn Sheeler, Samantha Sherwood, Goldie Vang, Kayla Vang, Savina Vang, Brittany Wells, Thomas Yang and William Yang.
Rainie Holly, of Southwest, Mikey Schadd, of Purdy, and Gerardo Nunez, of Wheaton, were also presented with Daren Awards.