Surrounded by proud district administrators, board members, faculty, family and friends, approximately 240 eighth-graders at Wisdom Lane Middle School were welcomed into the next chapter of their academic careers during their moving up ceremony on June 11. Loved ones packed the Wisdom Lane auditorium as the eighth-graders, dressed in blue robes, entered to "Pomp and Circumstance" courtesy of the sixth- and seventh- grade band with the guidance of Lori Katcher.
Eighth-graders Kimberly Angelletta and Amelia Llewellyn sang the "Star Spangled Banner" and Principal John Avena opened with positive remarks about the graduating class which focused on their remarkable acts of kindness. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tonie McDonald also praised the students and offered words of advice.
"You are the owners of your own mind," she told students. "It's up to you to seize every opportunity you get."
Division Avenue High School Principal John Coscia welcomed the students with open arms as he delivered the commencement address. Student council representatives from Division Avenue High School also shared their high school experiences and encouraged the incoming freshmen to get as involved as possible throughout their years in high school.
Eighth-graders Angelene Gayle and Emily Leicht provided the eighth-grade address and thanked faculty for their support as they reflected on their middle school experiences. In addition, eighth-graders Sofia Antoniou and Emma Spreckels presented the class gift, a new mascot uniform for students at Wisdom Lane to enjoy for years to come.
One by one, students were announced on stage where they shook the hands of administrators, board members and faculty and received a blue Division Avenue High School lanyard from the student council to celebrate the next chapter of their lives. The eighth-grade chorus performed "You Will Be Found" with the help of choral director Carol Spainer and the graduates exited the auditorium to "Pomp and Circumstance" again with conductor Lauren Stevens. Attendees were invited to celebrate with refreshments in the school gymnasium, courtesy of the Wisdom Lane PTA.