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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 -June 26, 1997 - 43 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Milton Middle School ends 1997 with a bang Transition ceremony closes year with special awards and music More than 80 eighth graders at Milton Middle School were hon- ored with a transition ceremony at the close of the 1996-97 school year. In addition to special awards and music, everyone was treated to a walk down Milton Middle School memory lane as Brandi Reed, student council president spoke on the topic "Oh the Places We've Been." The transition ceremony includ- ed welcoming remarks from Mike Mock, Ed.D., principal, and the National Anthem played by a stu- dent trio of flute and clarinets. The Rev. Douglas Lindsay provided words of inspiration, and Victoria Daniels and Lakisha Williams sang "I Believe I Can Fly." Prefacing the "looking back remarks" by Reed, Debbie Hozapfel encouraged the students with a look at "Oh, the Places You'll Go." Sue Ellen Skeen, Ed.D., superintendent of Cape Henlopen School District gave the keynote address. Closing remarks were made by Assistant Principal Sarah Wilkin- son. Farewell speech by Reed Farewell speech by Brandi Reed: Oh the places we've been! Let's take a look back in time to recall our experiences at MMS. Do you remember the Ice Capades ("Aladdin on Ice")... Mrs. Gray's article summaries and New York personality... Mr. Spalaris' funny ways... Mr. Fulton taking off his shoes in class and showing off his base- ball card? Do you remember the many trips to Washington, D.C... The tea parties in Mrs. Simp- son's class... The Christmas and hobbies pro- jects in Mrs. Albanese's class... Playing chess in Mr. Hunni- cutt's math class while listening to his life stories. Do you remember the trip to the Franklin Institute... The smelly disaster in the cafe- teria when the pipes burst... Staying home from school on a test day after praying all night that would snow... Having to sit outside in the hot sun after our school was invaded by a boy with a fire extinguisher... The endless tales project in Mrs. Therberge's class... Listening to Mr. Albright day after day? Do you remember the many field trips... The band concerts...the pep ral- lies? Will you ,ever forget Mr, Waples lessons on life and how to be suc- cessful... Ms. Hozapfel's creative New York ways... Mrs. Haughey's time consum- ing projects... Mrs. Johnson's chalky wardrobe... And, Mrs. McCullough's crazy personality? All of these experiences have helped up grow into young adults prepared to conquer our high school years. We will never forget our time at MMS just as we will never forget the people that have affected our lives. One such person is Keith Mon- roe. Keith was a dear friend to many people and a loved brother and son. Another such person is Mrs. Simmons. Mrs. Simmons had a very posi- tive outlook on life. She was a very dedicated, trustworthy and enthusiastic teacher, woman and friend. These are just some of the people that will never be forgot- ten. Although all of us aren't a mem- ber of Student Council or Honor Society, these two groups have represented us well. Student Council has done a fine job orga- nizing dances, selling candy- grams, and putting together pep rallies. Honor Society has put in many service hours towards the good of the community with canned food drives, visiting nursing homes, and cleaning up the highway. Do not think of graduation as an end, think of this as a,beginning to the rest of your life. Someday, some of us will be in this same auditorium seeing our own chil- dren graduate. It's a long time away, but as you walk through the halls, seeing the tile you drew or the block you painted, you'll think of our good times at Milton. Now, we're becoming young adults whether we're ready of not, but we move on to face a new school, new people, and new memories. High school will be a great experience and everything that we've done so far will reflect on who we become and what we experience at high school. There's so much freedom after graduating from middle school, but even more after high school. With this new found freedom, who knows where we're headed, but in the words of Drl Suess: "Oh the places we'll go!" Rosanne Pack'photos Several Milton Middle School band students (left) were honored with awards at the close of the school year. Receiving the Academic Excellence in Music Award are Jennifer Gerhard (left), and Abigail Webster (seated); and receiving the B&B Music Award are Christina Parsell (middle) and Amy Lovenguth. A top student with num- bers, Christina Lindemer (above) recently received the first place Math League Award for fifth grade stu- dents at Milton Middle. Milton Middle names reading challenge bike winner By Rosanne Pack Flipping pages led to spinning wheels as Zachary Fewell met a challenge issued by his fifth grade teacher. His reading eagerness earned him a new 15-speed bike as his readiness and discipline took him to the front of the class when it came to reading a number of books and testing out on what he read. Milton Middle School teacher Ida Fitchett said that she came up with the challenge idea to encour- age her fifth graders to read. She offered a grand prize to any stu- dent who could read a number of books and then out-score her on a computerized test of information included in the books. An all- expenses paid trip to Hershey Park was thrown in to sweeten the deal for the top scorers in the chal- lenge. Fewell earned 353.7 points on the computer test of his compre- hension of the books he read. There were four other students who made the 100 point club and earned the trip to Hershey Park. "I challenged them, so I knew if they had to beat me, I had to give them something that would really make it worth their while," Fitch- ett said. "I decided on the bike; and then I ran around like crazy to find the right one before the last day of school." Fewell loves his new bike, but he realizes that there are other benefits to his accomplishment. "It was really rewarding to take part in the reading challenge," he said. "I have seen improvement in my own reading all ready. This Rosanne Pack photo Ready to roll, Milton Middle School fifth grade dtudent Zachary Fewell enjoys the 15-speed bicycle he earned in a spe- cial reading challenge issued by his teacher Ida Fitchett. Fitchett provided the wheels when her student met the chal- lenge to out-do her in a reading competition. year, I finished 'War of the World's in five days." The soon to be sixth grader said that he feels that his other subjects have improved from the reading and comprehensive tests that he completed. He said he has even read some books that he Couldn't get into last year. "I read the 'Lord of the Rings'. series this year," he said. "I started it last year, but I never finished it. But now, I read all of them and they were really cool. Some of the other books I read are 'Oliver Twist,' 'David Copperfield' and some other classics." The trip to Hershey Park is yet to come. Fitchett's other students who made the 100 point club and who will make the trip to the amusement park are Danielle Jones, Lauren Huff and Stacey Uffe!man.