During a ceremony filled with reflection, 201 students celebrated their completion of Middle School and officially became the freshman class of Locust Valley High School. The auditorium was standing room only as one of the largest classes in the school’s history moved on to high school.

Marching to the traditional graduation tune of Pomp and Circumstance played by the sixth-and seventh-grade band members, students donned the green graduation robes and big smiles. Sitting on stage, looking out at their family and friends, the eighth-grade graduates listened as speakers wished them well and sang songs of praise.

Student Government officers addressed classmates and introduced speakers, and the eighth-grade select chorus sang for the audience. 

Board of Education Trustee Maria Segura praised the graduates. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I congratulate you on the hard work that brought you here today,” she said.

Isabella Byrne told her classmates that the memories they share are very special. “The memories we made here at Locust Valley Middle School will never be forgotten,” she said. “Now is our time to shine.”

Principal H. Thomas Hogan and Assistant Principal Michael LoGerfo handed students their diplomas during the Certificate Ceremony. Mr. Hogan told the students that he was proud of their accomplishments. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund addressed the honorees and their visitors, calling the eighth graders superstars. “You are leaders, scholars, musicians, athletes and most importantly, caring individuals who have made us very proud.”

Congratulation to the eighth graders and welcome to Locust Valley High School!