Excited 5th-graders said goodbye to Valentine Elementary School at the Thursday, June 1, recognition ceremony, held on the Valentine lawn. This year’s J.P. Blecksmith Award winners were Anjali Rao and Luke Kim. Other awards presented included P.E. excellence and fitness, and most improved in band and choir. Certificates were also presented for students who completed 20 book reports and trophies were presented for those completing 30 book reports. Recognition festivities included a reception for families following the ceremony. The 5th-grade activities chairs were Michiko Lee, Lisa Nguyen and Angela Sze.