Grand Avenue Marks 60th Moving Up Ceremonies

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As faculty welcomed family and friends to Grand Avenue Middle School’s 60th moving up ceremonies on June 8, Principal Carlo Conte told graduates to take a moment and find an adult in their lives who has influenced them over these past two years and offer a sincere thank you.

“Use the tools that you have gained here at Grand Avenue in high school and beyond,” he said.

Nina Genzone led the ceremony with a dynamo version of the “Star Spangled Banner” and Grand Voices, led by Conductor Amanda Cantwell offered peppy renditions of “Sing” and “This is Me,” with remarkable solos by Justin Ancona, Riley Fried, Aliza Kami and Maria Torres.

John F. Kennedy High School senior Nicole Khouryawad was invited to address Team Justice at the 8 a.m. ceremony. Grand Avenue held three more ceremonies throughout the day.

“I encourage you not to be nervous but eager to take advantage of the opportunities offered at high school,” she said, touting the Advanced Science Research, music and athletic programs.

“The ASR program and its advisors teach life and professional lessons that stay with students for years after they graduate,” she added.

Eighth-grader Riley Peckman offered a student reflection that centered around fond, pun-filled remarks about the Team Justice teachers.

“All of the hard work we’ve put in over the last two years has really paid off,” she said.