The soon to be class of 2025 celebrates the completion of sixth-grade at Indian Valley Elementary School. Photos by Meg Upton

IVES sixth-graders graduate

Indian Valley Elementary School promoted its sixth-grade class of 18 on Thursday evening, June 13.

The room was packed with parents and grandparents, and decorated to the nines, complete with an “orange” carpet and a photo backdrop, by the parents’ club.

The class chose classmate Kooper Clark, outdoor education instructor Rob Wade and first-grade teacher Maria Johnson to give graduation speeches.

Wade told the students he felt like their fun uncle who comes to show them a good time outdoors. Johnson compared the class she had as 6-year-olds to adorable puppies who are all over the place, but loving at the same time.

Clark instructed his fellow classmates to remember the good times and not to be scared for the future.

Bailey Williams and Kooper Clark received the Citizenship Awards while Andre Ortega Valeriano received the elementary school President’s Award. Parent Jennifer Meyers was acknowledged by Parents’ Club president Megan Neer for all her volunteerism over the years.

The sixth-grade class had all sorts of aspirations for the future, from army ranger to nurse to fashion designer to lawyer. Each student read a formatted poem to identify their personalities as well.

There was plenty of cake and well wishes afterwards.