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COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff The El Roble Intermediate School drummers perform for a crowd of fellow students during the Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday at El Roble. The students chose “There must be magic in you” as the theme for the event.

The best of the best at El Roble
El Roble Intermediate School took time out of studies and the end-of-the year hustle and bustle to honor the achievements of students at the Celebration of Excellence held Tuesday in the El Roble gym. Awards were given for academic achievement, citizenship and athletics and included the Joan Felsch Award in Science, which went to 5 seventh grade students who have shown aptitude, creativity and inquisitiveness in science. The event included a piano performance by Wilber Soetrisno, as well as performances by the school’s choir, orchestra, dance teams and the Wilbert Soetrisno performs on the piano, much to the delight of drama department.
his classmates during the Celebration of Excellence at El Roble. Max McDermott shows his strength to his friends with the hammer game. Both he and his friends had a tough time ringing the bell at the top. PANTHER PRIDE continued from the previous page

Parent volunteer Cynthia Cervantes McGuire, mother to outgoing eighth grader Max, feels a party is a great way to culminate a student’s El Roble career. “I think it’s nice that it isn’t a graduation or something where parents feel they have to rent limos and tuxes,” Ms. Cervantes McGuire said. “This is eighth grade.” There was plenty of jostling of boys vying against one another on the obstacle course and squeals as girls were reunited with their friends after a long 3-hour separation. But one boy knew how to chill out. He wore a shirt, in a nod to his fledgling facial hair, saying, “Keep calm and grow a moustache.” It’s always a relief to school staff and administrators when you can pull off a happening like the end-of-year party without a hitch. “It’s a great night for kids, with lots of activity,” said El Roble principal Scott Martinez. “It’s a great way for them to celebrate.”
—Sarah Torribio storribio@claremont-courier.com A group of seventh grade students perform a dance they learned to assist in the understanding of how blood flows through the body as part of the Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday at El Roble.

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