St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales held its eighth-grade commencement ceremony May 19 at St. Theresa of Avila Church.

Teachers and pastors were assisted by Chris Musso, Kim Naquin and Johnnie Balfantz during the presentation of awards and diplomas to the students.

The Woodmen of the World Award, given to the student with the highest average in social studies, went to Danielle DePierri.

Drue Gautreau received the Jeffrey Louviere Academic Award, presented to the student with the highest overall average through the elementary grades. The award is given in memory of Jeffrey Louviere, a 1993 graduate of St. Theresa.

Abby Schexnaydre and Ethan LeBlanc received the Jamie Marie Daigle Spirit Award, given in memory of Jamie Daigle, a 2005 graduate of St. Theresa.

Danielle DePierri and Luke Cockfield received the Brett Michael Frederic and Brett Gerard Leggette Award. The award is given to two student athletes — one boy and one girl — with the highest overall grade-point averages.

The Eatel Award, given to students having the second highest score for Christian Service, went to Zachary Poche and Abby Schexnaydre.

Danielle DePierri and Luke Cockfield received the Mary Beth Daigle Sotile Award for Christian Service, presented to students having the highest score for Christian service. It is the highest award given by St. Theresa Middle School.

A reception sponsored by the seventh grade was held in the gym after the graduation ceremony.