Two Mesquite Trails Elementary School students a boy and a girl were awarded $500 scholarships from the Bryan Clay Foundation during the school's awards ceremony on the last day of school, May 26.


Sixth-graders Joshua Pike and Elena Moncada were each given "legacy grants," which can only be used when they go to college.


"These students scored the highest in leadership, citizenship and academics," said principal Dave Stewart.


Joshua's father, Dustin Pike, said his son only missed one day of school in kindergarten, and his son has put his all into everything he does.


"I really couldn't ask for a better kid," he said.


Elena's father, Adrian Moncada, said his daughter benefits by having a teacher for a mother. But she has an internal spark that propels her forward.


"She's self-motivated. We don't have to get on her," Moncada said.


Like Joshua, Elena isn't all about academics. She likes numerous activities.


"Her interests are all over the place.


Stewart, who has served as Mesquite Trails principal for four years, said he will miss the students after they leave the school, but he's glad they will move on to new experiences and challenges. The graduating sixth-graders will attend Cedar Middle School next fall.


"It's really a sad day for me seeing these guys. I'm really going to miss them," Stewart said. "Today is kind of a happy-sad day."


Stewart is a former international-caliber decathlete who has trained with Clay, who won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.


"His foundation is creating scholarships for kids. The majority of the money he raises goes back to student scholarships."