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West Carroll Elementary Holds D.A.R.E. Graduation

West Carroll Elementary Holds D.A.R.E. Graduation

BY BRAD SAM

brad@mckenziebanner.com

TREZEVANT (May 10) — West Carroll Elementary School’s 62 fifth graders completed the D.A.R.E. program this year and were awarded diplomas in a graduation ceremony Thursday.

The event featured several special guests, including D.A.R.E. Officer Becky Keith of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Andy Dickson, Trezevant Police Chief Mike Mulligan and Officers Lorrie Mulligan, Larry Patton and Larry Williams, Carroll County Chief Deputy David Bunn, West Carroll Director of Schools Dexter Williams, Daren the D.A.R.E. Lion and Tennessee Titans mascot T-Rac.

Principal Molly Ashley welcomed all and introduced Officer Keith, who spoke about the program and its goals of preventing drug and alcohol use and bullying. She then presented medals to essay winners and runners-up from each of the four fifth grade classes. Winners were also presented a gift and recited their essays about what D.A.R.E. means to them. Winners were Hannah Fowler, Hayli Everett, Julie Brown and Maritza Barajas; runners-up were Kadi Martin, Alora Riddle, Brylee Ramos and Bailey Rogers.

Officer Keith then presented gifts to T-Rac, Terry Herndon (who arranged the mascot’s appearance), Principal Ashley, counselor Sherry Cockrill and fifth grade teachers Lori Mc-Clain, Shanna Pafford, Beth Bridges and Wendy Wilson.

Cockrill then presented each graduate with a diploma. Officer Keith and Sheriff Dickson gave each gifts, and they received congratulations from Daren and T-Rac.

Photo by Brad Sam/The Banner

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