Purdy Elementary names honor students

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Second quarter A, B Honor rolls released

Purdy Elementary School officials have announced the list of honor students for the second quarter of the 2020-2021 academic year.

A Honor roll

Third grade: Julia DeLeon, Lilly Franklin, Nadalie Kukovich, Uriel Ochoa, Brayleigh Taylor, Paison Taylor, Brinlee Vineyard, Jaelynn Webb, Emma Becker, Colton Breazzeal, Joselyn Brown, Grant Cairus, Saul Castaneda, Dulce Elias, Jessica Harris, Audie Hutson, Aldo Mendez, Eduardo Roman, Bryson Terry, Pacie Utter and Grace Wolf.

Fourth grade: Xander Dodson, Madison Johnson, Lauren Lamp, Oren Roller, Waylon Tyson, Quentin Dodson, Kayedynce Evans, Abdiel Juarez, Laney Lamp, Paige Ozbun, Camila Robles, Karson Rosewicz and Sophie Tyson.

Fifth grade: Connor Holloway, Kenzi Postlewait, Dalton Stanford and Erynn Cunningham.

Sixth grade: Naydelin Elias, Jacob Clarke, Brennan Hawkins, Lizett Aldava, Carlos Garcia, Jackson Lee and Andelynn Vineyard.

B Honor Roll

Third grade: Alex Felipe, Roberto Becerra, Kayden Holloway, Ayleen Rodriguez and Ayari Garcia.

Fourth grade: Addison Arivett, Hannah Boyer, Dillan Lopez, Abigail Schroeder, Carson Tate, Blessing Thawng, Silas Walker, Bryce Bingham,

Xitlali Garcia, Dalton Redshaw and Heaven Lee Salesky.

Fifth grade: Jasmin Bivins, Charli Stokes, Alyssa Gamble, Shelbie Patterson, Benjamin Martinez, Chloe Prock, Briana Ramirez, Zuly Villa, Ellie Nunez, Casey Henderson, Victor Nung and Jesus Aldaba.

Sixth grade: Allison Lopez, Emily Maddocks, Logan Manwarren, Alexa Robles, Kylee Arivett, Loyda Juarez, Sherlyn Paxtor, Brendin Shepard, Nathaniel Stubblefield, Joshua Wood, Easton Hughes, Yemeli Juarez, Hector Rueda and Hunter Wormington.

Washburn resident graduates from EGU

Tara Lang-Jackson, a resident of Washburn, recently graduated from WGU Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Lang-Jackson participated in the nonprofit, fully online university’s commencement ceremony in November, where she and hundreds of other graduates were recognized and celebrated for their achievements.

Lang-Jackson spent over a decade homeschooling her four children before she decided to go back to school and finish her degree. She originally was interested in becoming a wildlife biologist or zoologist, but she soon realized she was meant to be a teacher. She completed her associate degree in psychology-autism in May 2019 and enrolled in WGU Missouri's teacher college that August.

“I set a goal to finish my entire bachelor’s degree in one year,” she said. “I worked very hard and made it happen.”

Thanks, in part, to WGU Missouri’s competency-based model – which allows students to go through coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule, moving quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn – Lang-Jackson graduated in just one year with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6). Her goal is to become a middle school English Language Arts teacher, and she also plans on going back to school to earn her graduate degree.

“I want to slow down for a bit to enjoy my family and get used to the routine of being a classroom teacher, but I intend to enroll in school again in the near future to obtain a master’s degree in English and writing,” Lang-Jackson said.

Since March 1, 32,377 individuals have earned degrees from WGU, most of them while working full-time jobs and raising families. In its 23-year history, WGU has awarded more than 206,000 degrees and has celebrated with ceremonies held multiple times per year, usually in cities across the country. The November commencement ceremony was held virtually in place of a previously planned in-person celebration.

For more information about the university or its programs, visit missouri.wgu.edu.