Flaco Guapo Media founder, Jim Sánchez

SAN ANGELO – Santa Rita Elementary School’s graduating class of 53 kids whose memories, their friendships formed and bonded connection to their teachers: Mrs. Aguirre, Mrs. O’Dell, and Mrs. Smith finally closed the chapter to their fifth-grade education on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Left-to-right: Santa Rita Elementary, Kallie Fontenot, counselor, and Principal, Kay Scott 

The Star Spangled Banner was sung by the 2024 Santa Rita Choir.

Principal, Kay Scott, and Kallie Fontenot, counselor, greeted the Falcons graduates’ family, and other relatives during the 8:45 a.m. ceremonies held in the gym.
Before the certificates were awarded to the 53, looking back on their young lives, they first attended Santa Rita as kindergartners who along the way experienced respect, honor, pride, caring, character pillar traits displayed in the elementary school’s courtyard at one time or another.

Principal Scott, Assistant Principal, Misty Gallimore, and staff personnel made sure their students were top priority as they fostered an environment where students and staff build character, encourage creativity, build confidence, inspire dreams and touch hearts, in partnership with the kids’ family.
“We will all be working together to build a high-performing school culture where students know they are loved, and are challenged to grow” per its website https://santarita.saisd.org/

When the kids entered the hallowed halls of the elementary school, they truly knew they were loved by Santa Rita’s staff which includes:
Vela, Diana Ortega, Kyann Slaughter, Marie Marshall, Misty Gallimore, Kalie Fontenot, Christina Schneider Michelle Richardson, Abigail Hernandez, Jessica Boling, and Sara Lewallen.

Below is the 2024 graduating fifth graders of Santa Rita Elementary

Armendariz, Ariana      Gonzales, Arianna           Renfro, Brynlee
Bailey, Eli                    Guajardo, Marco             Ritterbusch, Riley
Belmont, Braxton         Harvey, Xander               Rodriguez, Celyna
Beltran, Madeline         Hernandez, Victoria        Rodriguez, David
Burditt, Makayla           Hoffman, Jett                 Runion, Cheney
Cabrera, Bryson           Jackson, Phoebe           Salazar, Avazamora
Castilleja, Heston         Lewright, Annistyn          Samaniego, Avry
Cornell, D’Aisha           Lopez, Alexis                  Samarripa, Jayce
Curry, Addyson            Lopez, Olivia                  Schneider, Jacob
Darby, Joey                 Mahaffey, Sutton            Scott, MacKennah
De Leon, Adalynn        Maxwell, Jalen               Stillwell, Lyric
Deremo, Madison        Mendez, Deleon Estella Storey, Brenam
Dison, Aleah               Middlebrooks, Lilly          Tovar, Enrique
Dougan, Ryan             Mikeska, Emma              Trufant, Thomas
Eschberger, Audrey      Noel, Kayden                 Vander Ark, Maxwell
Fraga, Annali               Pfaff, Grace                    Williams, Tiana
Gilbert, Brooklyn          Powell, Jaxen                Wilson, Maxwell
Goldman, Bear            Puckett, West

For a look at the 024 Santa Rita 53 graduates' album, go to https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=859050432923218&set=pcb.859052112923050


“My Days at Santa Rita have finally come to an end. My school will remain a part of me like a loyal, and trusted friend. Graduation is upon me, and from here I must depart. But my memories of Santa Rita are safe and with my heart.” A Student’s Farewell poem to Santa Rita, author unknown.

Among the fifth graders to receive their certificate was Flaco Guapo Media’s great nephew, Jayce Samarripa, son of Jeremiah Samarripa and mother is Molly Guerra. Jayce and his ‘024 Falcons' fifth-grade graduates in seven years will be the future, graduating Class of 2031.