During a beautiful afternoon ceremony held at the LIU Tilles Center on June 24, eighth graders from South Woods Middle School received their certificates as they officially moved up to Syosset High School.
Following the Processional Orchestra’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and the presentation of the colors by students Neil Fernandes, Gabriel Kim and Tiffany Qian, student Shivane Dadi led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Orchestra performed “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Later in the ceremony, the Eighth Grade Chorus performed a heartwarming version of the song “I Lived”. Students Arielle Caspi and Parker Kim served as Masters of Ceremony.
Board of Education Trustee Carol Cheng provided the welcoming remarks. As she spoke to the students, she noted “Your journey now continues through high school and beyond. It is a time to explore, to examine, to experience”, and she assured the students they are ready for the challenge. Principal Michelle Burget commended the students’ commitment to excellence, personal achievements, and service to the school and community.
In reflecting on the last three years as she spoke to the audience, student Anika Shah remarked “I pushed my limits in ways I didn’t even know were possible and it all started at South Woods Middle School.” In her speech, student Rachel Lin thanked the South Woods teachers “for going above and beyond in supporting” the students.
As Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers presented the Class of 2019, he spoke directly to the students and advised them to be kind. “You are joining a community of literally thousands of students and hundreds of adults,” he remarked. “Imagine the ripples of accumulating goodwill a daily act of kindness from each of you could create.”
After receiving their certificates and being named Syosset High School freshman, the students marched out of the auditorium and into the next chapter in their educational journeys.