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Cardozo's Promotion Draws Crowd
A crowd estimated in excess of 1,000 people crammed the paved area at the back of Cardozo Middle School for its eighth grade promotion ceremony on Wednesday. All 169 of its eighth graders were promoted to high school and crossed the stage to receive their certificate.

In honors previously unannounced but listed in Wednesday's written program, 15 students were acknowledged as members of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) that emphasizes high standards of scholarship, community service and citizenship for junior high students.

The 15 students called to the stage by CJSF Advisor Stacey Wilson were Carolina Duarte Iniguez, Joshua Felix, Luz Galvan, Valleri Gobel, Jennifer Gudino, Isaac Hernandez, Wolfgang Lopez, Aztrid Meza Barajas, Ashley Murillo, Angelica Navarro, Brooke Rodriguez, Fernando Sandoval Luna, Kathryn Searway, Jennifer Verdin and Samantha Wilkins.

Assistant Principal Kevin Bizzini presented the school's awards for high academic excellence honoring each student that received a 3.5 or above grade point average during all six semesters of middle school and either advanced or proficient status in the California Standards Tests.

The 10 students to receive these awards were Julia Cabrera, Ashley Genasci, Isaac Hernandez, Wolfgang Lopez, Aztrid Meza Barajas, Ashley Murillo, Sierra Nabors, Savannah Pulido, Kathryn Searway and Sara Tapia.

Principal Kim Newton gave the welcome address, Student Body Vice-president Stephanie Alarcon led the flag salute, and music teacher David Howard sang the National Anthem.

Student speakers included salutatorian Julia Cabrera, valedictorians Katie Searway and Sierra Nabors and Student Body President Joshua Felix making farewell remarks.

Riverbank Schools Interim Superintendent Daryl Camp with district trustees Ron Peterson, Elizabeth Meza and Egidio "Jeep" Oliveira presented the promotion certificates.