Hard work and dedication were celebrated during the middle school moving-up ceremony as eighth graders officially graduated and became the high school class of 2021.

Anna Cote and Genevieve Ireland shared their memories of middle school from getting lost in sixth grade to traveling to Washington D.C. in eighth grade. The student government officers served as masters of ceremony. Eighth-grade President Vincenzo Panzarino and Vice President Shannon Sullivan, along with Student Government President Isabella McGlone and Vice President Quinn Torossian kept the ceremony running smoothly.

Board of Education President Erika Bruno advised the graduates to continue exploring their options in high school. “You may choose to fine-tune your skills in something you already love or to learn about something new. Either way, I encourage you to get out there once again, just as you have done in middle school,” Mrs. Bruno said. “You have already proven to your teachers and your parents that you have the determination to succeed. I know that we will see great things from you in high school – from academic and athletic achievements to artistic and altruistic pursuits.”

Guest speakers also included Principal Howard Hogan and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna Hunderfund. 

The seventh-grade band, directed by Mr. Vincent Guerra performed the traditional processional and recessional music. The eighth-grade select chorus sang “I Was Here” and donned bow ties in honor of their director, Mr. William Margiotta who is retiring this year.

Congratulations to the eighth graders on this academic milestone!