Before an audience filled with proud family, peers and educators, eighth-graders at Grand Avenue Middle School celebrated their moving up ceremonies on June 10.
Student Lauren Nilsen kicked off the ceremony with a powerful rendition of the national anthem. Grand Voices, under the director of conductor Amanda Cantwell, followed with “If You’re Out There” and “Life is a Highway.”
Students will attend either John F. Kennedy, Sanford H. Calhoun or Wellington C. Mepham high schools within the district. High school student speakers Harrison Ivers, Steven Obadiah, Alexa Beichert and Julianna Gargano offered words of advice for the incoming freshmen.
“In order to make the most of your high school experience, try new things and get as involved as possible after school,” Ivers told the Legacy group at the noon ceremony. Students graduated in four different ceremonies, separated by their academic team.
Eighth-grader Spencer Mattes delivered one of the student reflections, along with Kirsten Knowles, Aiden McCormack, Cooper Moran and Nathan Rosen. Addressing his peers, Mattes said before they reached Grand Avenue most students immediately bonded over the fear of lockers.
“Grand Avenue has offered me many opportunities to explore and experiment,” Mattes added.
Principal Carlo Conte noted students would not have reached this milestone without the team of people that includes teachers, parents, coaches and educators.
“I suggest you take a moment to find a teacher or family member that made a difference in your life and thank them,” he added. “A hug wouldn’t hurt either.”