Atchison County sixth graders participate in the D.A.R.E. program every year, eventually receiving a certificate in a graduation ceremony. This year’s ceremony took place Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in the Tarkio High School Gym. Fifty-seven sixth graders from Tarkio, Fairfax, and Rock Port received their certificates.
The D.A.R.E. essay winners carried in the flags to begin the program. They included Grace Peck, Tessa Rolf, Anneliese Clauson, Riley Walker, and Trinity Wooten. The D.A.R.E. role models filed in. They included Michael Baker, Goldie Barnes, Alyssa Beck, Mason Straub, Noah Makings, Trent Oswald, Bree Barnett, Karlly Eyman, and Shelby McCartney. The sixth graders took their seats and then everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Atchison County Deputy Rick Sons welcomed everyone in attendance. The essay winners were recognized and overall essay winner Riley Walker read her essay. The students then received their certificates. The D.A.R.E. graduates included:
Tarkio – Faith Anderson, Alaina Armstrong, Emily Blum, Connor Brown, Emilee Caudill, Alexis Gibler, Carsyn Green-Sillers, Kiara Hines, William Kimpston, Josie King, Kelsea Kirwan, Daniel Lesher, Brady Nebergall, Grace Peck, Alex Ramirez, Caleb Ritchie, Tessa Rolf, Tanner Rollins, Slade Rosenbohm, Rylie Simmons, Kalynn Smith, Jared Stanton, and Gavin Talty
Rock Port – Kylie Beasing, Kenny Brion, Aidan Burke, Anneliese Clauson, Morgan Cofer, Tyler Cook, Teagan Green, Phillip Herron, Kyler Hughes, Jarrett Hunter, Zoey Hurst, Brecken Kelly, Brogan Krutz, Jayden Krutz, Micah Makings, Mikayla Makings, Kylie Jo Nuckolls, Tarika Patel, Trulin Pankau, Tyler Pebley, Taylor Pruett, Lily Smith, and Riley Walker
Fairfax – Caden Brown, Braden Graves, Natalie Hedlund, Camryn Holecek, Zack King, Charlie Litherbury, Cameron Oswald, Hayden Riley, Georgia Swinehart, Sadie Williams, and Trinity Wooten
A slideshow was presented with pictures of the kids taken during their classes and at special activities throughout the year. Reverend Glenn Scott gave the benediction. Following the recessional, the D.A.R.E. graduates were treated to a reception.