Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge


Sixth Graders Advance to Junior High


     The 47 members of the 6th-grade
class celebrated the step up to junior high with a graduation ceremony held in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre May 22.

     Guiding the students through the graduation exercises was Head of School Marcia Mackay, Elementary Principal Beth Golden, and Assistant Head of School and Jr.-Sr. High Principal Conchetta Foshee.

     Offering the Invocation was longtime school leader and retired Elementary Principal Gladys Runnels. Sixth graders Christian Caillouet and Sadie Miller led the Pledge of Allegiance, and sophomore Caroline Collins sang the National Anthem.

     In keeping with tradition, the sixth graders whose parents graduated from Runnels High School were recognized at the ceremony. This year, we have two “second-generation” students, Taylor Valentine and Parker Wright. Taylor presented roses to his mother, Noel Steffes Melacon, and Parker  gave flowers to his mother, April Calcote Wright, and his father, Bryan Wright, who both graduated from Runnels High School.

     In another highlight of the ceremony, Morgan McCloud, Annie Garrison, and Aubrey Francois were invited to read aloud the original poems they had written in Mrs. Allen's English class about their time at Runnels Elementary to the audience.

     Class president Jake Carey, vice president Annie Garrison, and treasurer Taylor Valentine stepped forward to present a gift of $750.00 to the school on behalf of the entire sixth grade. To raise the money, the class sponsored 11 Popsicle Fridays and a booth at Raider Rally. The class voted that the gift be put toward the purchase of a pergola and two benches for the playground.

     Before receiving their diplomas, many graduates were honored with awards in the areas of academics, service and the visual and performing arts.  

     Junior Beta sponsor Christine Pousson recognized six club members for exceptional volunteer service this year. Sadie Miller, Jordynn Osborne, and Jenna Sheikha received awards for contributing more than 15 hours of volunteer work, and Sofia Dodd, Chloe Hall, and Addison Latona received the Outstanding Service Award for completing more than 20 hours of volunteer participation.

     The ceremony concluded with the debut of the sixth-grade video, which was presented to each graduate as a memento of this exceptional year in their lives at Runnels Elementary School.

     After the ceremony, the graduates and their guests moved to the Catalano Gym to enjoy cake and punch.

     We extend our sincere thanks to event coordinator Laura Roark and hosts Sheri Allen, Sonya Blanchard, Dan and Jennifer Cassin, Julie Fink, Gina Golda, Rachel Hart, Brent Lax, Renee’ Miller, Lee Randall, Jill Swetnam, Johnice Thoms, and Gabi Werries.