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Tyler Jones, Jesslin Bond top Cumby 8th grade class

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    Cumby’s top eighth graders this year are Tyler Jones and Jesslin Bond.

    Tyler Jones earned valedictory honors with a 96.6 grade point average. He is the son of Shelley Jones and Brent Jones, and brother of Savannah Neal.
    Jones has been involved in sports, UIL and other extracurricular activities.
    Over the past two years, he has been on the track team, participating in discuss and shot put. He also played soccer for at least two years.
    As a member of the Beta Club, he helped tie ribbons around Cumby as a visible reminder about Red Ribbon week, participated in a canned food drive to help local families; and helped with Bears on Patrol, which collects and donates stuffed animals for emergency officials to donate to kids involved in traumatic situations to help easy their anxiety if only a little bit.
    In seventh grade, Jones competed in academic UIL in calculator applications.
    He received awards at the Cumby Academic Awards program May 20 for having the highest GPA in science, English language arts, U.S. history and BIM classes. He also has remained on the AB Honor Roll.
    His advice to other students hoping to do well academically is to “pay attention. Don’t joke around all day.”
    He offers special thanks to “my teachers — all of them. They’ve all been really helpful.”
    In his spare time, Jones said he likes playing videogames and drawing. He said animation and techno design is a field he thinks he’d like to pursue after high school.
    Cumby eighth grade salutatorian Jesslin Bond is the daughter of Michelle Bond and Micheal Bond, and younger sister of Kody Bond.
    Whereas many younger siblings say it’s a challenge living up to the standard – whether good or bad — set by their older siblings in school, in the Bond house it’s been just the opposite.
    “My brother is a senior. It’s hard for him. I help him with homework sometimes,” she grinned.
    Bond offers thanks to her parents and teachers for their influence and contributions to her academic successes.
    “I’m thankful to mom and dad. They were smart in school and passed it on to me. Also, thanks to my teachers — all of them. They put up with me — my loudness; I talk a lot.”
    Her advice to students hoping to do well in school is to “try to be friends with the teachers. That helped me. If you sleep in class, they’re not going to help you in class.
    Bond has also been active in academic UIL, Beta Club and sports. She has remained on the AB Honor Roll.
    She participated in several community service projects as a member of Beta Club. She also has competed in spelling UIL in the past.
    Bond played on the volleyball A team and wing in basketball; pitcher, second base and catcher in softball and ran the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter in track.
    Sports, she said, is “a good way to get energy out.” As her athletic involvement would suggest, Bond is more of an outdoorsman.
    “I like to be outside a lot — doing almost anything. I like to ride four-wheelers, take walks,” the salutatorian said.
    Bond’s other hobby includes “being on the Internet,” including Facebook and Instagram.
    She said while she hasn’t decided yet what exactly what she wants to do, she’s leaning toward “something that helps people, maybe work in a hospital. I like to help people in need.”
    Other eighth graders recognized for their involvement in Beta Club, UIL and making the AB Honor Roll were Nate Campbell, Presley Clampitt, Ashley Purser and Elizabeth Thomas. Purser was also noted for participation in the One-Act Play.
    Also recognized for involvement in UIL were eighth graders Nicholas Archterberg, Alysse Bullock, Danielle Goode, Cheyenne Gray, Colby Horrocks, Elmer Rodriquez, Levi Crowell and Garrett Patterson.
    Bullock was also noted to have participated in One-Act Play and was a Beta Club member. Goode was also in Beta Club. Gray was on the AB Honor Roll and participated in the One-Act Play. Patterson had the highest GPA in BIM class.
    Recognized for remaining on the AB Honor Roll were Hannah Jarvis, Ethan Coble and T.J. Patridge. Jarvis and Coble were also both members of Beta Club. Coble too had the highest GPA in math, while Patridge had the highest GPA in reading and English language arts.




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