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Jaden Grant accepts the Gail Bosiger Award for achieving the highest grade point average at the middle school from HCMS Principal Dawn Miller. / June 29, 2020

A sunny day in the mid-70s with a nice breeze made for a pleasant promotion celebration for outgoing eighth grade students at Halifax County Middle School on Saturday.

“These students will be the ones to make a change for a better future,” said Principal Dawn Miller, who called the eighth grade completers “unique” and “resilient.

“These students came together to support their classmates through personal hardships when a student lost his home due to a fire and another student’s mother battled against cancer. They rallied together, fund raising and collecting donations to support the opening of the Care Closet at the middle school,” said Miller.

Instead of recognizing the Top 10 students in the class, the top 13 received awards due to three ties in GPAs. The number one student, Jaden Grant, received the Gail Bosiger Award for highest GPA. The second ranked is Fan Yang, followed by Noah Crews in third, Emma Payne, fourth, Peyton Murray, fifth, Brooke Mosher and Harper Balance, tied for sixth place, Nora Bohanon and Alexandra Lowry, tied for seventh, Alexander Payne and Blake Rolfe, tied for eighth place, Philip Truong, ninth, and Landon Jones, tenth.

Payne and Joshua Miller received the Harvey Dillard Award, which recognizes the top male and female standout athletes with high academic achievement. The award winners are selected by a panel of coaches. Jones received the Kim Bosiger Award, which goes to the student who shows curiosity and academic excellence in science. The winner is chosen by a committee of science teachers.

The ceremony in front of HCMS was a drive-thru event. Students hopped out of their vehicles and had their names called from the microphone. As they were announced, the eighth grade graduates posed for a photo with Miller. The backdrop was adorned with stacks of orange and blue balloons, in the school colors, bearing the class number, “2020.”

Parents and family honked and cheered from their vehicles as their soon-to-be high school freshman walked across the middle school sidewalk one last time. At the end of the march, students picked a sweet treat — cake pops, as eighth grade teachers Jessica Young and Johniqua Brigham wished them to have a great summer and best of luck at the high school.

Many students asked, “Can I give you a hug?” to their teachers. The scene got a little teary-eyed at times as students and teachers offered their goodbyes.

Miller expressed a special thank you to high school JROTC cadets and program instructor Sgt. Gregory Scott for lining up the cars at the middle school, and to KJ’s Cake Creations for making the HCMS Lions Orange and Blue cake pops.

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