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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brand New Eighth Grader

Yep, that's right!  We have a brand new eighth grader in our home!  Cecily has worked really hard this past year in school and has accomplished a lot both academically and artistically.  One project she was especially excited about was the opportunity to re-design a takeout menu for a local restaurant.  The members of her computer class were given the assignment to take the restaurant's existing menu and give it a new look.  The teacher picked five and sent those to the owners for their final decision.  Cecily and another young man's was chosen.  Here they are at the re-opening of Al Caprese Italian restaurant:
The young man designed the outside of the menu and Cecily the inside.  The local community paper did an article featuring the re-opening of Al Caprese and featured Cecily's work as well.
They were given gift certificates by the owners:
Cecily was also named the Best 2nd Year Pianist in her middle school by her piano teacher.  Here she is being congratulated by her principal:
Prior to the awards ceremony, there was a banquet held in the honor of the students receiving awards.  Cecily and three friends posed for a picture:
From left to right are Darci, Danielle, Cecily and Sara.  Darci and Danielle also go to church with us.  Darci is the sweetest girl and really talented.  She is so good with JennaBeth our two year old.  Danielle was named the school's Most Outstanding Female Artist of the Year.  Sara is a friend Cecily has enjoyed getting to know this year.

Cecily also had several pieces of her personal art work displayed in the school's art show earlier in May:
Cecily painted the cute little raccoon:

Not only did she have these art displays, but her piano recital was also held that evening.  Here she is playing Franz Liszt's Liebestraum (Love Dream):

So, all this plus she completed seventh grade with all A's and a few B's taking advanced academic courses!  Her father and I couldn't be more proud of her and her hard work.  She is growing into a beautiful young woman both inside and out.