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Eighth Graders Move Up with Car Parade, Virtual Ceremony

The transition to high school is a big step, and the staff at Blue Mountain Middle School wanted to make sure that their eighth grade students felt honored and celebrated as they wrapped up their final year at the school. A festive car parade and a Virtual Moving Up Ceremony provided two wonderful ways to cap off an extraordinary school year.

With balloons, music, honking horns and surprise gifts, the eighth grade car parade at BMMS had all the ingredients necessary for a celebratory send off for its graduates. Students waved from decorated cars as they made their way from Furnace Woods Elementary School to the middle school, escorted by two police officers on motorcycles. Once at the middle school, students and their families drove under a blue and white balloon arch and passed dozens of staff members holding congratulatory posters and wishing the students well. The students received their graduation certificates, as well as a t-shirt from the PTA, cookies from Food Services Director Clare Carey, and a commemorative cup from the school’s student government, all via drive by. Michelle Piccolo Hill of Photo Piccolo documented the festivities.

The BMMS eighth grade Virtual Moving Up Ceremony can be seen here. The video includes speeches from Principal Owens, Superintendent Hochreiter and student representatives from the McGillicuddy and Boyle teams; student award recognitions; and a vocal performance of "For Good" from Wicked, a Broadway show the eighth grader chorus members were planning to see this month.

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