Fifth graders at Northside Elementary School received pins and certificates during the annual DARE graduation ceremony held Wednesday.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was conducted by DARE Instructor and Chief Deputy Don Adamson of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Each student prepares an essay during the course and those with the best essays from each class are recognized and awarded. This year's essay winners at Northside are:
Sofia Amaya from Amy Raymond's class
Eli Judkins from Amanda Griffith's class
Leah Davis from Carrie Gottlied's class
Avery Valdez from Ginger Wenger's class
Mallori Hart from Alisha Day's class
Kiley Staley from Mary Ann Blair's class
Emma Jennings from Melissa Hale's class
Monica Carlton from January Agee's class
Mallori Hart was the over-all winner and she read her essay during Wednesday's program. In addition to the award, prizes, and recognition, Hart gets to keep "Daren the Lion" the DARE Mascot. Tish Summers presented Hart a check for $50 on behalf of General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook, II, who was unable to attend.
DARE is a cooperative effort by the DeKalb Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County School System, parents, and the community.
Other officials present for the ceremony were Northside Principal Dr. Gayle Redmon, Guidance Counselor Dr. Linda Bush, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Trustee Sean Driver, and Tish Summers on behalf of Judge Cook. Other members of the Sheriff's department were also in attendance along with Sheriff Patrick Ray and Chief Deputy Adamson.
(Top Photo: Tish Summers presents check on behalf of Judge Bratten Cook, II to DARE Essay winner Mallori Hart. Chief Deputy Don Adamson and Sheriff Patrick Ray also pictured)
(Bottom Photo: DARE Class Essay winners: Monica Carlton, Leah Davis, Kiley Staley, Eli Judkins, Sofia Amaya, Emma Jennings, Mallori Hart, and Avery Valdez)