Elwood Middle School held its second annual moving up ceremony for high
school-bound eighth graders on June 24. After principal Dr. Christina
Sapienza welcomed all those in attendance, a select chorus performed a
beautiful rendition of God Bless America.
“Being able to watch you all take risks, grow, and take on new
activities and passions has been such a joy,” Dr. Sapienza remarked in
her address to the Class of 2019, “and when I think about all that lies
before you, I have so many wishes for you all.” She then read an
inspirational excerpt from the children’s book, “I Wish You More” by Amy
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert and Assistant Principal
Dawn Valle addressed the graduating class as well, wishing them the best
in all of their future endeavors, and offered many words of wisdom.
Additionally, student council president Cateyann Bernhard took a moment
to congratulate her classmates.
“Entering into high school will give us so many more avenues to explore
our passions and to find new things that make us happy, but will also
present new challenges,” Cateyann said, “but never let failures get you
down—let them motivate you.”
Departmental and character awards were given to well-deserving students,
and when it came time to receive recognition for moving up, students
walked proudly across the stage and received a white or blue carnation
from Dr. Sapienza or Mrs. Valle.
The ceremony concluded with high school principal Carisa Burzynski
offering her congratulations and excitement in gaining the Elwood-John
H. Glenn class of 2023 in the fall.