BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Eighth-graders at Bronxville Middle School celebrated the culmination of their hard work the last three years during a special moving up ceremony June 22.
The students took to the stage at the front of the auditorium and smiled before an audience of friends, family and administrators. Select student representatives Demetrios Apostolatos, Andrew Berkery, Charlotte Cagliostro, James Ferguson, Xavier Layton, Catherine O’Brien, Sofia Ricciarini and Nora Triandis addressed their classmates and reflected on their experiences in middle school.
Some recalled a class trip they took to Washington, D.C. earlier this year, while others spoke about their favorite memories from class projects and assured peers they’re ready to take on the next challenges in their educational journey as high school freshmen in September.
“Our school provides us some tremendous opportunities to learn as students and to grow as people,” Ferguson told his classmates. “I challenge each of us to look for opportunities in high school where we can have a positive effect on the larger community. We are ready to have an impact on our school, community, country and maybe even globally.”
Principal Thomas Wilson welcomed the guests and encouraged the Class of 2020 to always work harder than anyone else and persevere through any obstacle life may present to them. He recalled the hatching of the chicks, which the students observed as kindergartners, and advised them that in order to continue to develop as strong individuals, they need to break out of their shells.
“Be open to failure as an exercise in self-improvement and self-awareness,” Wilson said. “If you aren’t sweating at times, are you really breaking out of a shell? Work as hard as you can. Honor your commitments, engage with others and look for new ways to connect.”
Signifying the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of another, the students were called one by one to accept their certificates, which were handed out by guidance counselors James Brogan and Lisa DeSanto.
Following the ceremony, the seventh-grade class hosted a reception for the graduates and their families.