Soaring Onto High School

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Continuing their academic journey in the district, eighth-graders of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools commemorated the culmination of their past three years with commencement ceremonies on June 21.

Entering to Sir Edwward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” a sea of red gowns assembled to the cheers and praise of families, friends, teachers and administrators.

Throughout both commencements, the Woodland trumpet and flute trio and the W.T. Clarke Middle School jazz ensemble serenaded graduates, administrators and welcomed guests.  

In his farewell address to the impending Class of 2021, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo reminded the middle school graduates to thank those who helped them reach this distinction and to make the right decisions over the next four years.  

“I wish everyone of you success in this next step of life and I know you all will continue to do great things,” said Mr. Campo. “As you head off to high school, I’d like to leave you with some advice: thank your teachers, friends, family and administrators for their unconditional support and guidance over the years. Secondly you have your entire lives in front of you, please don’t make bad decisions. As the leaders of tomorrow, the memories you forged in high school will last a lifetime and shape you into outstanding citizens this world needs.”  

Following his speech, Mr. Campo awarded Nishanth Chinnadurai and Hafsa Rehman from Woodland Middle School and Anjali Aggarwal and Ryan Faude from W.T. Clarke Middle School with the Superintendent’s Award. This honor is bestowed upon students at the middle school level for their overall academic excellence, good citizenship, leadership qualities and dignified character.

Continuing with the reminiscent spirit, middle school class representatives reflected upon their milestones and memories with the Class of 2017. They also encouraged their fellow graduates to broaden their horizons and expand upon their experiences in school as well as in life.

Woodland Middle School, Principal James Lethbridge and W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin spoke fondly of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth of the graduates during their time in middle school They expressed their hopes that the eighth-graders will utilize their experiences, challenges and support from faculty, friends and family in the next phase of life.     

The district commends the eighth-grade graduates on arriving at this prestigious milestone and wishes them tremendous success as they advance to high school.