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Daily News photo/KATIE ROHMAN These Sister Lakes students were awarded The President’s Award for Educational Achievement: Zayden Rochefort, Tracy Reed, Tanner Benson, Hanna Steckler, River Planck, Ryan Moore, Gustavo Cruz, Taylor Roberts, Abigail Lopez, Hayley Haskins and Stephen Vanness.

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Sister Lakes awards young achievers

Published 5:55pm Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sister Lakes Elementary students celebrated the last day of school Friday with a ceremony in the gym to recognize their achievements.

Daily News photo/KATIE ROHMAN These Sister Lakes students were awarded The President’s Award for Educational Excellence: Laura Schaller, Cayden Dorman, Emmanuel Yerenas, Sashenka Cruz, Audrey Hart, Halie Saylor, Martha Schaller, Abby Ickes, Jose Carillo, Ben McCrorey and Jada Moraca.

The End of Year Awards Ceremony recognized students in kindergarten through fifth-grade for attendance, academic achievements and test scores as well as participation in extracurricular activities and volunteer efforts. Fifth-graders were recognized for completing their elementary education at Sister Lakes.

Top students in each grade were awarded letters from President Obama and pins from the President’s Education Awards Program.

The ceremony was also a celebration of the schools’ high marks on the MEAP and NWEA standardized tests. Sister Lakes achieved its highest scores ever on the MEAP this year and exceeded the state average in several categories. The school ranked highest in the Dowagiac district for growth on the NWEA test.

Daily News photo/KATIE ROHMAN These Sister Lakes students were awarded The President’s American Citizenship Award: Jairo Lopez, Anslie Saylor, Ruby Vega, Adamaris Moreno, Elizabeth Moreno, Gwen Gulliver, Julianna Reynaga, Yesenia Lorenzo-Manzano, John Hassle, Sideny Lencki and Sarah Headapohl.

Sister Lakes has 230 students and at least 30 staff.

“Sister Lakes’ staff is a marvelous staff,” said Gretchen Hart, principal since 2010.

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