FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Another school year has come and gone as students celebrated their final day of school with various activities.
On Thursday, May 25, students enjoyed a promotion ceremony, tasty treats and ran through sprinklers to cool off on a sunny Arizona day.
The festivities began with the eighth-grade promotion ceremony held at Colonel Smith Middle School where 73 students took the next steps toward their future.
Students heard from multiple speakers during the event, including Dr. Jacqui Clay, superintendent, Cochise County Schools; promoting eighth graders Jaiylan Battle and Bowen Wood; and Mark Goodman, superintendent, Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District.
During the ceremony, 15 students were recognized as members of the National Junior Honor Society. Those students were Jaiyla Battle, Abigail Bynum, Jaelyn Espinueva-Sebastian, Ann Margaret Gacutan, Claire Gilbertson, Madalyn Layne, Sophia Moore, Caydence Sanchez, Andrew Stearns, Dustin Sutfin, Natalie Sweet, Kailey Weir, Kyarah Wilson, Bowen Wood and Gabriela Works.
Daniel Robison, an eighth grade promotee, said he is looking forward to summer vacation and then heading off to high school.
“I’m looking forward to relaxing this summer and training for track at Buena [High School] where I hope to get a scholarship,” Robison said. “In high school, I’m excited to see what the honors classes are like and to see all my friends again.”
Later in the afternoon, the USO gave out ice cream and popsicles to kids and families in celebration of the school year ending.
The event, School’s Out Sweet Treats, allowed kids and parents to choose from multiple different ice cream flavors and over a dozen toppings, including various gummy candies, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel syrups, marshmallows, whipped cream and other tasty treats.
To wrap-up the day’s events, the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation team turned on the sprinkler system at the Brown Parade Field as a way for kids and parents to kick off the summer.
Kids and parents ran through the sprinklers, threw footballs and played with blowup beach balls as they celebrated the end of the school year and look forward to the adventures ahead.
As a reminder, with students now out of school for summer vacation, use extra caution when driving in neighborhoods and be on the lookout for kids.
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Fort Huachuca is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Army Signal Command and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse, multiservice population. Our unique environment encompasses 946 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, key components to the national defense mission.
Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with a rich frontier history. Established in 1877, the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976.
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