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In a whirlwind of end-of-the-year activities, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District had a week of celebrations honoring the achievements of our students across various domains. 

From academic excellence to athletic prowess and musical talent, the district was buzzing with pride and accomplishment. 

The festivities included the Senior Academic Awards ceremony, the Athletic Banquet, and the Band Banquet. 

Each event shined a spotlight on the remarkable talents and dedication of the students of RRGSD.

Roanoke Rapids High School hosted its annual Athletic Banquet on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Our student-athletes were celebrated for their hard work, determination, and sportsmanship. Coaches, teammates, and families came together to applaud the achievements of the school's twenty varsity and five junior varsity sports teams. 

Awards were presented that highlighted the individual and collective successes of our Yellow Jacket athletes. 

Major awards presented to students included the following: Sports Club Spark Plug Award: Cadence Elliot and Seth Temple; Aimee Erwin Award: Kalissa Williams; Mickey Gukich Award: Gabriel Roberts; Cranford Hoyle Award: Kayla Whitfield and Shep Fowler; and Best All-Around Athlete Award: Kamdyn Jean and Darren Solomon. 

The event was not only a tribute to athletic achievement, but also a testament to the importance of teamwork, dedication, and resilience.

On Thursday, May 30, 2024, Chaloner Middle School and Roanoke Rapids High School held the annual Band Banquet. 

It highlighted the musical talents of our band members and their contributions to our schools and community as well as the teamwork of our Band Boosters. Students earned band letters and chevrons for service. 

Awards were presented for outstanding musicianship, leadership, and dedication, underscoring the importance of creativity and artistic expression in the educational experience. 

We also had a special presentation in which our band program was presented with a golf cart that was made possible through our Band Boosters’ hard work and generous donations from the following sponsors: Don Juan, dFender Physical Therapy, George’s Distributing, Day to Night Tint, Servepro of Roanoke Rapids, and Discount Tire and Automotive. 

The golf cart is dedicated to Director of Bands, Mrs. Laura Manning, and all of our seniors in the Marching Band signed the top of it after the presentation.

The week ended with the Yearbook Assembly and the Senior Awards ceremony at Roanoke Rapids High School. 

Students, parents, teachers, and staff gathered in the auditorium to recognize the outstanding achievements of the graduating class. 

Academic honors were bestowed upon those who had excelled in their studies, with awards ranging from subject-specific accolades to scholarships recognizing leadership and community service. 

Students were presented with their Honor Cords to wear in the Baccalaureate ceremony on Sunday, June 2, 2024, and at the Graduation ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2024. 

Lastly, the three special awards were presented. Cadence Elliott earned the Roanoke Rapids High School Service Award. Reagan Mitchell earned the Roanoke Rapids High School Citizenship Award. Kamdyn Jean earned the Roanoke Rapids Best All-Around Award.

Throughout the week, a sense of camaraderie and pride permeated the halls of Roanoke Rapids High School as students, faculty, and families came together to celebrate the diverse talents and achievements of the school community. 

These events not only recognized individual accomplishments but also served as a reminder of the collective spirit that defines Roanoke Rapids High School—a spirit of excellence, perseverance, and unity.

Roanoke Rapids High School was not the only celebratory location this week. 

At Chaloner Middle School, twenty-three students on the sixth grade Purple Team reached their goal of reading at least forty (40) books this school year, and they celebrated with a pizza party.

Clara Hearne Pre-Kindergarten students celebrated the end of the school year with a bubble party.

Students and staff both had so much fun playing.

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District continues to celebrate this week as we approach the final End of Grade (EOG) assessments at Belmont Elementary School, Manning Elementary School, and Chaloner Middle School and the End of Course (EOC) assessments at Roanoke Rapids High School, which began on Monday, June 3, 2024, Fifth graders from both elementary schools will celebrate their graduation from elementary school this week with a dance and a graduation ceremony. 

As the school year draws to a close, the memories of this week's celebrations will undoubtedly linger in the hearts and minds of all who participated, serving as a source of inspiration and pride for years to come.