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De Leon, Kaslon named top 8th graders at CPJHS; Top 10, hard workers rewarded with trip to Texas Rangers game

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Valeria De Leon has been named valedictorian and Kasie Kaslon salutatorian of Como-Pickton Junior High School eighth grade class.


De Leon’s three year grade point average is 95.60.

She is the daughter of Hugo and Delia De Leon of Como.

De Leon has attended Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District since kindergarten.

 She has been involved in various athletic and academic activities.

In grades seven and eight, De Leon ran track, played volleyball and basketball.

De Leon also participated in academic UIL, competing in number sense, mathematics and dictionary skills. 

She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a former Girl Scout.

In her spare time, De Leon likes “to get involved in my church.”

The valedictorian noted she was the “only one to get to be on the A Honor Roll all year.” 

After she graduates from high school, De Leon plans to attend college and study in the field of medicine.

She offers thanks to “my friends and family for encouraging me to work harder.”

De Leon’s advice to other students hoping to be successful is “to always try your best and work hard to accomplish your goals. Don’t let anything get in your way of your dream.”

Salutatorian is Kasie Kaslon.

She is the daughter of Kirk and Laura Kaslon of Como.

Kaslon is currently a member of FFA. She is involved in agricultural and rodeo pursuits, including showing heifers and goats and I also barrel race.

She credits her parents for her academic success.

“I’d like to thank my parents, I never would have been able to do this without them,” the CPJHS salutatorian said.

Kaslon said after she graduates from high school in a few year, she plans to continue her education at college.

CPJHS also recognized the top 10 percent of each class. 

Other eighth graders earning recognition for being among the top 10 students in the class included Autumn Bennett third, Jasmine Boyd fourth, Josiah McElyea fifth, Ruston Bult sixth, Yarely Palacios seventh, Robert Flewelling eighth, Jimena Estrada ninth and K’Lynn Skidmore 10th.

Top seventh graders in rank from 1-10 were: Matthew Pegues, Hannah Anderson, Angela Baxley, Juan Monterroso, Colton Clark, Tamira English, Samantha Gallo, Shawn Murry, Breanna Bowen, Yasandra Preciado.

Top sixth graders this year were from 1-10: Brian Payne, Ernesto Murillo, Josh Martin, Joseph Walker, Jaden Coppedge, Kayleigh Brewer, Kobie Miller, K’Lah Skidmore, Maria Lara and Daniel Galvan.

Three additional students, an “11th man” from each grade level, also received recogntion from an incentive committee for “hard work and efforts in class.” They included Charity Sims, Jesus Zarcco and Alex Alonso. These students along with the top 10 kids in each grade were selected by the committee to attend a Rangers game as a reward for their hard work.




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