Markham, Castillo lead Walnut Grove eighth-graders
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson’s Jacqueline Markham and Ushuaya Castillo are Walnut Grove Elementary School’s top scholars. ----Photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Patterson’s Jacqueline Markham and Ushuaya Castillo are Walnut Grove Elementary School’s top scholars. ----Photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Sixty-five Walnut Grove eighth-graders will be promoted to high school at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28.

Principal Alma Romo said the students’ and staff’s hard work has paid off for another successful school year.

“Another terrific year has passed and, along with that, a year of learning, fun and great friendships,” Romo said. “We are very proud of our school, especially the hard work of the students and staff. We will miss our eighth-grade students and wish them the very best high school experience and future success.”

Juan Navarro, vice-principal of Walnut Grove, said time has gone by fast and he is sure the eighth-graders will achieve success in their new venture in high school.

“Wow! I can’t believe another year has gone by!” Navarro said. “We are very proud of our school and the accomplishments of our students. To ensure their success, our dedicated teachers, parents and community members came together to help ensure that our students reach their maximum potential.”

Two top scholars — Jacqueline Markham and Ushuaya Castillo — lead the class with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

- Jacqueline Markham, daughter of John and Sylvia Markham, is 14 years old. Her goals in life are to work hard and graduate high school and college. Jacqueline also wants to move to England and travel. Jacqueline’s favorite school activity is doing schoolwork on the computers, making presentations and writing essays. Her favorite subject in school is literature because the assignments and books she reads are fun for her. Her greatest memory of Walnut Grove is going to Great America, as well as knowing the hard working teachers she has had and the great friends she has met at school.

- Ushuaya Manuel Castillo, 13, is the son of Angelica Ponce-Vidal and Jesus M. Castillo and Carlos Vidal. Ushuaya wants to attend a four-year college to study software engineering and graphics design and eventually make his own video games. At Walnut Grove, he liked being in the enrichment class where he was able to do online presentations using programs such as Prezi and Google Drive. Ushuaya loves science because he thinks it is interesting to learn new things about our everyday lives and how things work. His favorite memory of Walnut Grove is the college spirit rally. Since he was part of the student body, Ushuaya thought it was cool to see all grades levels get pumped up as they sung their college chant, and to see their teachers participating in the rally.

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