Bronxville 8th-Graders Celebrate Milestone in Moving-Up Ceremony Print

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Jun. 26, 2019: Bronxville Middle School eighth-grade students, members of the Class of 2023, celebrated an important milestone in their academic careers during a moving-up ceremony on June 19 before an audience of friends, family, and administrators. The students will embark on the next phase of their educational journey as high school freshmen in the fall.

Select student representatives – Jake Berman, Savannah Delli Colli, Hope Hershberg, and Timothy Lockwood – addressed their classmates and reflected on their experiences in middle school. They acknowledged their parents, teachers, and friends for instilling confidence in them, supporting their passions and interests, and encouraging them during their years of growth.  

“I have had many great inspirational teachers this year and throughout middle school,” Berman said. “I thank them all for sparking the desire to be a better person and inspiring me to achieve my life goals.”

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Savannah Delli Colli addressing her classmates          

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Jake Berman receiving his moving-up certificate.

The students also spoke about their tight-knit school community, the bonds they have shared with their classmates, and the opportunities they have had to selflessly serve others – from volunteering in soup kitchens and nursing homes to donating canned foods for people in need. They also addressed the importance of learning from their mistakes, accepting new opportunities, and growing along the way. They assured their peers that they are ready to take on the next stage in their educational journey as high school freshmen in September.


Timothy Lockwood addressing his classmates

“There have been good times and challenging times, and all of these experiences have taught us how to have fun, focus, and work hard,” Hershberg said. “The past three years have set the foundation for not only the next four years but for the rest of our lives.”

In his address, Principal Dr. Thomas Wilson encouraged the Class of 2023 to pay attention to the small moments that truly make a meaningful, connected life.

“Being present in your own life is the key to happiness, even when you are doing routine and ordinary things,” Wilson said. “It is certainly human to want to be a part of things, but try your best not to become fixated on feeling that you are missing out, because the reality is that you miss out on almost everything that happens in the world, and that should be more than OK with you.”

Signifying the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of another, the students were called one by one to accept their certificates. Following the ceremony, the seventh-grade class hosted a reception for the graduates and their families.

Pictured at top: Bronxville Middle School eighth-grade students celebrated an important milestone in their academic careers during a moving-up ceremony on June 19 before an audience of friends, family, and administrators.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville School 


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