Members of the 8th grade class at DeKalb Middle School participated in graduation exercises Tuesday morning in the gym.
Nick Winchester, the 2008 Valedictorian at DeKalb County High School, was the guest speaker.
In his remarks to the 8th graders, Winchester urged them to always strive to do their best. " S- set your sights on your goals. T-tackle the obstacles that are in your way. R- reach new heights with every trial you face. I- be innovative with your ideas. V- possess virtuous character and E- endeavor to do great things. Strive to be your very best in everything you do, not just in high school, but in your personal life, your Christian life, and in all other areas of life. Be unique, be ready to accept the challenges that face you in high school. Work hard to meet the goals you and your parents have for you. And by all means, have fun. These next four years will pass by so quickly. You will think you're never going to get there and all of a sudden you're accepting your diploma and throwing your cap in the air. Don't take life too seriously and don't let it slip by you either. Enjoy it, work hard, and play hard. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Good luck and congratulations."
Principal Randy Jennings presented academic awards to students with the highest grade point averages in the eighth grade.
Adam James had the highest GPA at 99.5 followed by Riley Young with a 99.1
Whitney England with a GPA of 98.4
Erin Colwell- 98.3
Katie Merriman- 98.1
Lelah Ambrose- 97.6
Victoria Tatrow- 97.2
Johnna Hensley- 97.0
Jessica Garrison- 96.9
Jonathan Edwards- 96.8
Jessica Ball- 96.6
Heather Hughes- 96.1