Eighth-grade students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools officially capped their middle school careers and their transition to high school during moving up ceremonies on June 12.
Divided into four ceremonies based on academic teams, the students filed into the auditoriums to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of parents, family and peers.
The transitioning eighth-graders heard from graduating seniors from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham, who provided words of advice and encouragement to the students as they prepare to break for the summer before entering as freshman.
The audience also heard from student speakers from each academic team, who reflected on their years at middle school and shared their hopes and dreams for high school. Faculty members also took the stage to provide a reflection on the year.
Each student made their way across the stages, receiving handshakes from administrators and teachers.
The milestone event was punctuated by performances by Word of Mouth at Merrick Avenue and the Select Chorus from Grand Avenue, under the direction of Dana Brandwein and Amanda Cantwell, respectively.