Each year we celebrate the academic achievements of our middle school students at a baccalaureate service. This year’s service took place on Tuesday, June 2. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments:

High Honor Roll   

These students had a grade point average of 3.8 or higher over all four quarters.

Henry Brennan, Chase Cortes, Adam Gorcyca, Rachel Gorcyca, William Hartig, Anna Heyse, Catie Heyse, Jack Larson, Madeline Meyer, Colton Sandefur, Hannah Santiago, Chloe Westrate


Academic Prizes

An Academic Prize is awarded in the core subject areas to the eighth grade student with the highest grade in each subject.

Language Arts – Chase Cortes

Literature – Rachel Gorcyca

Mathematics – Anna Heyse

Science – Rachel Gorcyca

Social Studies – Chase Cortes


Spelling Bees


St. James Spelling Champion

Henry Brennan

Lutheran Unity Team Spelling Bee, First Place

William Coston, Blake Cox, Michael Elzinga, Rachel Gorcyca, Thirza Hanus


Luther North College Prep Rube Goldberg Competition, First Place


Adam Gorcyca, Rachel Gorcyca, William Hartig, Madeline Meyer, Shardey Stanford

Concordia University Science Olympics – Astronomy, First Place


Madeline Meyer and Chloe Westrate



St. James Chess Champion

George Woodson

Walther Lutheran Chess Tournament

George Woodson, First Place Beginner’s Division

Adam Gorcyca, Third Place Beginner’s Division

Michael Elzinga, Third Place Advanced Division




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