8th Graders (L-R) Jacqueline Cortez and Milette Hernandez were presented the Lions Club Scholarship Awards by Lions Club representative Neal Cooper. The award is given to the 8th grade students with the highest average for the school year. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
8th Graders (L-R) Jacqueline Cortez and Milette Hernandez were presented the Lions Club Scholarship Awards by Lions Club representative Neal Cooper. The award is given to the 8th grade students with the highest average for the school year. -- KATHY MANKIN | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS

The Eldorado Middle School Awards Program was held Thursday, May 30th in the Eldorado High School auditorium. It began with an opening procession in which each member of the Eighth Grade class took a moment to shake the hand of Middle School Principal Ezra Walling.

Student Council President Natalia Coronado welcomed each class to the program. She then introduced 8th grade Student Council Representative Madeline Valeriano who led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to US flag as well as the Texas flag followed by a moment of silence.

New student council members were sworn in. They include President Heidi Estrada, Vice President Madi Valeriano, Secretary Ava Rodriguez, 8th Grade Representative Heidi Estrada, 7th Grade Representatives Ayla Doran, Mimi Martinez, Amanda Cortez, Maci Armstrong, Cade Parker, Lynna Martinez, Andrew McGee, 6th Grade Representatives Miley Doran, Cyrus Shipman, Marcos Flynn and Laurie Nolan.

Judy Thiebaud announced the Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest winners. The 5th grade winners were 1st place - Marisabel Segura, 2nd place - Miley Doran, and 3rd place - Callista Shurley. The 6th grade winners were 1st place - Jonah Penkszyk, 2nd place - Lupe Esparza, and 3rd place - Allison Meador. 

“Extra” awards given for artistry and creativity. 5th grade - Ryanna Castillo and Stormy McMayon. 6th grade - Andrew McGee, Ava Rodriguez, Maci Umphress, Destiny Miles, Amanda Cortez and Minelly Montes.

Perfect Attendance Award went to 5th graders Jayden Guadarrama and Carmen Mata; 6th graders: Maria Guadalupe Esparza and Andrew Thornton; 7th grader Ricky Romo; and 8th grader Jessica Garcia.

Community Clean Up Day Awards went to Lucas Sullivan – for constantly picking up anywhere he may be. Maryssa Guerrero – picked up the most trash and Ernesto Nava – found the most bizarre piece of trash.

American Legion Awards were presented by Commander Buff Whitten of the Bev McCormick American Legion Post 257. Each year 6th graders vote for their classmates who exhibit extraordinary courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service. This year’s recipients of the American Legion Award are Maria Guadalupe Esparza and Andrew McGee.

The Lions Club Scholarship Awards were given to the 8th grade students with the highest average. The award went to Jacqueline Cortez and Milette Hernandez.

The 8th Grade Leadership Awards went to students with outstanding scholarship, service, friendship and sportsmanship. A girl and boy are nominated by the 8th grade class and then voted on by the entire student body. This year’s Leadership Awards went to Jacqueline Cortez and Samuel Griffin.

Grade Level Awards for Citizenship, Most Congenial, & Up and Coming Scholars are selected by the teachers in each grade level.

5th Grade winners in the following categories are: Citizenship - Alyna Hernandez and Andrew Whitten; Most Congenial - Stormy McMayon and Jack Harris; Up & Coming Scholar - Cecilia Sanchez and Cristian Sanchez.

6th Grade winners are: Citizenship - Madeline Valeriano and Isaac Vasquez; Most Congenial - Maria Guadalupe Esparza and Jasiel Galindo; Up & Coming Scholar - Alexandria Sanchez and Ramiro Leija.

7th Grade winners are: Citizenship - Kaylee Proffitt and Jordan Blackmon; Most Congenial - Alexis Martinez and Tony Kmiec; Up & Coming Scholar - Nyomi Aranda and Omar Barajas.

8th Grade winners are: Citizenship - Jacqueline Cortez and Samuel Griffin; Most Congenial - Jessica Sanchez and Zachary Luna; Up & Coming Scholar - Skylen Escarcega and Garrett Porter.

Scholarship Awards were given to the Top 10 students in each class.

5th graders Scholarship Awards went to (in no particular order) Kember Briley, Ryanna Castillo, Miley Doran, Adeyami Gomez, Alyna Hernandez, Ryley Hight, Amare Luna, Stormy McMayon, Laurie Nolen and Andrew Whitten.

6th graders Scholarship Awards went to (in no particular order) Amanda Cortez, Ayla Doran, Maria Guadalupe Estrada, Richard Hearn, Naomi Martinez, Andrew McGee, Destiny Miles, Minnelly Montes, Cade Parker and Madeline Valeriano.

7th graders Scholarship Awards went to (in no particular order) Michael Adame, Alejandra Alegria, Takoda Engdahl, Heidi Estrada, Maryssa Guerrero, Tony Kmiec, Kaylee Proffitt, Ricky Romo, Lucas Sullivan and Joshua Valero.

8th graders Scholarship Awards went to (in no particular order) Destiny Alanis, Angelica Aranda, Natalia Coronado, Jacqueline Cortez, Jaydyn Doran-Sanchez, Skylen Escarcega, Samuel Griffin, Milette Hernandez, Seth Parker and Jessica Sanchez.