The Westlake Middle School class of 2011 will be officially moving on to high school, but they won't be going far.
The moving up ceremony on Thursday, June 23, opened the gates for the eighth graders to move next door where they will become freshman at Westlake High School in September.
There were 165 students graduating, and Principal Jerome Schulman spoke of how proud he was of their hard work.
"These students have accomplished so much over the years," Schulman said in his introductory address to the crowd. "Can you believe that over the past three years they have amassed over 3000 hours in community service? That is quite an accomplishment,"
Schulman and other members of the faculty and board of education, along with the class of 2011 honored Brian Fallon-Howard. The former student in the class of 2011 passed away in December from a sudden illness at 14. Schulman presented a yearbook and certificate to his parents before the ceremony began.
Bailey Fillmore and Kenneth Knapp, who were selected by the class to speak, addressed the crowd about all the memories the class has shared over the years, both in and out of the classroom.
Awards were given out for the school's academic "Golden Dozen." This award is given to the students who receive straight A's in every marking period over the past three years. This academic year, 41 students received one, which Schulman said was, "some sort of record."
Superintendant Dr. Susan Guiney spoke and encouraged the class to continue developing as students and as people while in high school.
"All of us at Westlake Middle School are proud of your dedication and successes here as a middle-schooler, build upon this strong foundation," Guiney said.
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