However there was a lovely surprise. After a not-optimal year and a teacher that was the worst she’s had yet…my girl got the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence! For those who don’t know (which I didn’t until after), it’s based on overall grades being 90-100, teacher recommendations and above 85th percentile on our state exams. More on how ridiculous those state exams are later. What a proud moment for her! Her dad’s parents were there and my mom and me. Lots of pictures and a lovely, happy, confident girl. And now, we’re off to middle school. And I profess this adamantly, that little girl you see up there in that adorable dress? Yes, the one that people mistake for a 14 year old? She’s 10. And she’s my baby. Still. Always. Ask her. She’ll tell you.