Before an auditorium filled with faculty, family and friends at the Grand Avenue Middle School’s 61st moving up ceremony, Principal Carlo Conte told graduates not to hesitate when they are embarking on a new venture.
“The next time you feel yourself hesitating beginning something positive, count down from five, empower yourself and launch yourself into greatness,” he added, recalling a speech he watched earlier in the week to help individuals get started.
Amanda Falls led the ceremony with a poignant rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Grand Voices, led by director Kyle Banks, sang “Here Comes the Sun” and “Proud Corazon,” with a solo by Sydney Florio.
Wellington C. Mepham High School senior Allison Trenkle was invited to address Team Warriors at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Grand Avenue held a total of four ceremonies throughout the day.
“Middle school was an unforgettable experience, but as that door closes, countless memorable times lie ahead of you in the door that opens to one of the amazing high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District,” she addressed the middle school graduates. “I encourage every one of you to seize every opportunity you come across in the next four years. Doing this helped me to be able to look back fondly on the door that is closing and I hope that all of you are able to find that in high school as well."
Eighth grader Mario Medina offered a student reflection to his peers about their future after Grand Avenue.
“All of those who have impacted our lives have led us up to this moment and now is our time to seize it,” he said. “Be prepared to dive into the unknown and take your shot at life. Your life and world can only be as good as you make it.”