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Heronville Elementary holds pre-K graduation at Capitol Hill High School on Tuesday

Heronville Elementary, one of the largest elementary schools in the Oklahoma City Public School system, held a graduation ceremony for pre-kindergarteners at Capitol Hill High School.
By Josh Wallace, Staff Writer Modified: May 29, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: May 28, 2014

“It’s too soon,” an emotional Johnny Gibson said about his daughter’s graduation from pre-kindergarten.

His daughter, Savannah Avelar, was among about 140 children who took part in the pre-K commencement for Heronville Elementary, held Tuesday at the Capitol Hill High School auditorium.

Heronville is the largest elementary school in the Oklahoma City Public School system with more than 1,000 children enrolled, Principal Leon Hill said.

Before the ceremony, students were prepped in the hallway by lead teacher Karen Simpkins. Syanne Attocknie said she was excited to graduate.

“I feel happy,” she said.

Madison Pelayo and Jose Salinas said they are excited and ready to move on to kindergarten. David Connor Ruppert was more subdued, simply nodding yes when asked if he felt nervous.

Hill told the audience, “It is hard to believe that at the beginning of the year we had students and we had parents that did not want to be separated, and now look at how far they’ve come.”

After reciting pledges of allegiance to the U.S. and Oklahoma flags, the students participated in a musical medley directed by music teacher Ben Clifton, offering such numbers as “La Bamba,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen.

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