Recognizing Memories Of Middle School

Recognizing Memories Of Middle School Photo

Celebrating the completion of one academic chapter and welcoming the beginning of the next, eighth-graders of West Hempstead Middle School commemorated their middle school years with a special moving up ceremony on June 23.

The Class of 2017 paraded in the high school auditorium, where proud parents and family members snapped photos, cheered and applauded alongside teachers, faculty members, administrators and members of the Board of Education. Middle School music teachers Wayne Heckler, Christopher Lovasz and Nicole Morace provided musical performances during the event.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss commended the students on this milestone achievement and encouraged them to explore all the new opportunities the high school has to offer.

“We are very proud of you all and your accomplishments over the past three years,” she said. “As you look ahead to high school, decide what you want to experience and let that passion flourish over the next four years.”

Congratulating the eighth-grade graduates, Middle School Principal Dina Reilly recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the eighth-grade class and offered sage advice as they head into high school.

“Take what you have learned from middle school and let it serve you well as you move forward to high school,” Mrs. Reilly explained. “To the graduating class of 2021 we wish you continued success, good luck and happiness as you become involved, study hard, and forge new friendships over the next four years.”

While conferring the diplomas to the Class of 2017, district tradition invites members of the West Hempstead Board of Education to present their children with diplomas. Board of Education President Karen Brohm and trustee Patricia Greaves presented the honorary certificates to their daughters Melissa and Morgan, respectively.

Another highlight of the ceremony was the distribution of awards and scholarships to graduates for academic excellence, outstanding character and good citizenship. In addition, Anthony Coppola and Paraskeve Tsirakidis were presented with the Senator Todd Kaminsky Junior Public Service Leadership Award for their leadership qualities, community service and accomplishments as students.

Welcoming the future West Hempstead High School Class of 2021, Principal Alvaro Escobar advised them to strive in their classes, develop their passions, practice tolerance, actively engage in helping the community and continue their quest of being lifelong learners.

The district congratulates the middle school graduates on this significant academic passage and wishes them continued success at West Hempstead High School.