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RLAs Eighth Grade Dolphins Swim On
Riverbank Language Academy students from the Class of 2018 that received the Seal of Biliteracy were recognized at the promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 24. News Photos By Virginia Still

The Riverbank Language Academy eighth graders were promoted on Thursday, May 24 where friends and family cheered and applauded their accomplishment. There were 52 Dolphins that received their certificates allowing them to swim on to their next adventure.

The promotion ceremony was held outside on the RLA campus with Director/Principal Vanessa Rojas leading the festivities for the class of 2018. The presentation was held in both English and Spanish. The Class of 2018 made their way to the black top and took a seat on the stage. The Valedictorian was Bianca Escutia and the Salutatorian was Blanca Negrete.

The Pledge of Allegiance opened the ceremony and there was a special recognition for the 20 students that received the Silver Seal of Biliteracy which is a demonstration of academic excellence in both English and Spanish. Students Juanita Ruiz, Christian Vigil, and Erick Zarate were recognized and given an award for having perfect attendance all year.

Noted on the RLA Class of 2018 program is the following: “in August of 2005, a group of parents, teachers and community members discussed the creation of Riverbank Language Academy Charter School. These dedicated individuals freely gave their time to carefully plan and create a unique opportunity for children.”

Also, on the program it states: “We believe RLA to be an excellent school of choice. RLA prides itself in recognizing the accomplishments of the eighth grade promoting class. We are proud of these students and their accomplishments and we are thankful to our RLA parents for committing to their child’s education and choosing us for the past nine years. We have no doubt that these students will carry what they have learned during their time at RLA and will grow to be amazing adults.”

The students were presented with their promotion certificates and then were presented to the crowd.