News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 21, 2018
Personalities recognized at DISES promotion

Heightened emotions

Eighth grader Leighia Gray, right, comforts her fellow classmate Kate Friedell at the start of the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe Order prints of selected PBP photos.

by Monique Labbe

From quirkiness to growth to a fundamental grasp of life and friendship, the 24 eighth graders promoted from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School have it all, according to science and math teacher Mickie Flores.

Flores was the guest speaker at the promotional ceremony held at the Reach Performing Arts Center on June 15.

“I have learned from each of you, individually, having you in my classroom for the last three years,” said Flores.

Flores then, in alphabetical order, told each student what she had learned from them, and what she felt their greatest strengths were.

“I love you all,” she said when she had finished.

After awards were handed out from various teachers, the students went off the stage and into the crowd to watch a slideshow of photos, from baby days to their class trip.

A poem written by eighth grader Taylor Staples was read by her classmate Dexter Brown following the slideshow.

“So as we graduate today, we begin a new story, a new chapter, new beginning, a new chance for glory,” Brown read aloud from the poem.

Awards
Music awards: Kate Friedell, Dexter Brown, Leighia Gray and Henry Penfold

Art awards: Taylor Staples, highest percentage; Anwen Hudson, second highest percentage

PE awards: Leighia Gray, Alex Schmidt, Henry Penfold, Ashley Emerson, Amber-Rae Pesek and Emily Turner

Science awards: Jenna Horvath, Anwen Hudson and Henry Penfold

Math awards: Destiny Betts and Ethan Brown

High School Math awards: Natalie Zenke and Amber-Rae Pesek, Algebra 1; Henry Penfold, Algebra 2; Amber-Rae Pesek, Highest Overall Percentage, Algebra 1; Henry Penfold, Highest Overall Percentage, Algebra 2.

Social Studies awards: Jenna Horvath, Persistence; Emily Turner, Most Tenacious; Destiny Betts, Most Improved; Taylor Staples, Best Collaborator; Henry Penfold and Amber-Rae Pesek, Academic Excellence

ELA awards: Taylor Staples, Alex Schmidt and Dexter Brown

Yearbook awards: Anwen Hudson, Maggie Bubar, Natalie Zenke, Ashley Emerson and Leighia Gray

American History award (given by the Daughters of the American Revolution): Henry Penfold

Youth Citizenship award (given by the Daughters of the American Revolution): Leighia Gray

Heading to high school

The 2018 Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade class was made up of Destini Betts, Dexter Brown, Ethen Brown, Maggie Bubar, Samantha Conte, Raymond Eaton, Ashley Emerson, Rebecca Fontaine, Kate Friedell, Leighia Gray, Corbin Harriman, Jenna Horvath, Anwen Hudson, Hunter Krouse, Brielle Langlois, Henry Penfold, Amber-Rae Pesek, Alex Schmidt, Taylor Staples, Elijah Stinson, Dylan Thompson, Emily Turner, Marina Zanke and Natalie Zanke.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Heightened emotions

Eighth grader Leighia Gray, right, comforts her fellow classmate Kate Friedell at the start of the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Quiet reflection

Eighth graders Maggie Bubar, left, and Samantha Conte reflect on their time at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School during the eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe
From 8th grade to high school

Eighth grader Maggie Bubar receives her certificate of promotion during the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Closing a chapter

Eighth grader Raymond Eaton receives his certificate of promotion from teacher Mary Rees-Nutter during the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Beaming with excitement

Eighth grader Ashley Emerson shoots a radiant smile at the audience after accepting her certificate of promotion from teacher Mary Rees-Nutter at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School eighth grade promotional ceremony on June 15.

Photo by Monique Labbe