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Grand Avenue Commemorates 66th Moving Up

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A sea of green and gold filled the turf field as Grand Avenue Middle School’s Class of 2024 celebrated their moving up on June 14 with three ceremonies.

Amanda Cantwell led the vocal group Grand Voices in a rendition of “Dream On.”
While addressing the crowd, Principal Carlo Conte spoke about the power of a drop of water and can relate to students’ determination and perseverance.

“Alone it may not appear to have much power, but if that single drop of water falls continuously over time, it can cut through rock,” he explained. “Each one of you have faced challenges and yet you kept going; drop by drop … until you achieved your goals. When many drops come together, they form a stream. That stream, though still made up of tiny droplets, can produce great power. And this is a powerful reminder of what you can achieve when you come together as a community.”

Sophia Green, a recent graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School and former Grand Avenue student, inspired graduates as well.

“High school has taught me about the significant impact I can make in both my school and community,” she said.

She also spoke about her involvement in the Build On Club at Mepham and the value in participating in such activities. She also recanted about her time on the volleyball and badminton teams.

“We got to experience the highs and lows of competition together,” she recalled. “I formed some of my closest friendships on the court.”

Eddie Krause, a student speaker during the session II moving up ceremony, spoke about the teachers who “encouraged me to use my voice in the best way possible” during his time at the school.

“That’s what our teachers do,” he began. “They take our strengths and push us to take them even further.”

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Date Added: 6/17/2024

Grand Avenue Art Club Completes Mural

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The Grand Avenue Art Club completed a mural celebrating the performing arts, technology, and FACS taught in one of the building’s first-floor wings. Under the direction of advisor Mr. Giordano, Art Club members came to school early and stayed after school to paint the mural.

Date Added: 6/7/2024

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