Approximately 100 students at Jefferson Middle School in Tower Hill graduated from the DARE (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) program last week.
This graduation is the last DARE graduation at the school as Jefferson Middle School is closing its doors at the end of this school year. The 5th and 6th grades will attending school in other buildings in Pana next year.
The DARE program is sponsored by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and is instructed by Chief Deputy John Gee and Officer Debbie Weiland.
Circuit Judge James L. Roberts was guest speaker at the graduation. Other guests included Lions Club President Pastor David Hutton, Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland and Shelby County Sheriff Michael Miller.
Essay readers were Tabitha Wood, Andrew Crowe, Jacob Musser, Isabel Carter, Chase Temmen, Sadie Keller, and Eric Schafer. Other writers recognized were Dalton Worker, Alexis Galvin, Donna Thompson, Cameron Owens, and Savannah Cushing.
Role models from Pana High School also presented a skit. High School role models were Kylie Buerk, Brady Colin, Meredith Epley, Kyle Gibson, DeSheng Lin, Jonathan McLeod, Breanna Schoonover, Morgan Schoonover, Anna Simac, and Brock Trexler.