Three times a year, the Hermiston School District Breakfast of Champions honors a select group of elementary schoolers for the quality of their character, their school improvement and their academic achievements.

Tuesday afternoon, the 20 West Park Elementary School nominees — one from each class — had the chance to celebrate their own successes at a luncheon in the library.

Parents, families and teachers were invited to attend.

“These kids need to be celebrated,” said teacher Marci Wattenburger, who coordinates West Park’s Breakfast of Champions.

Third-grader Emmanuel Angel, 8, was one of the students recognized. He said he wants to let second-graders know that third grade is “harder than second grade, and you’ll have to learn fractions.”

West Park Elementary School is this October’s spotlight school for the Hermiston Herald.

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