Headed to High School

Headed to High School photo

Eighth grade students who are headed to Northport High School in the fall were celebrated with special moving up ceremonies. Family, friends, faculty, and administration members gathered in the high school auditorium to honor these students as they prepared to head into a new season of life. East Northport Middle School held their ceremony on June 19, and Northport Middle School’s celebration took place on June 20.

During both ceremonies, the graduates entered the auditorium to processional music as proud family members looked on, cheering enthusiastically for their students. After the Pledge of Allegiance, both select choirs led the attendees in a beautifully harmonious National Anthem.

East Northport Middle School Principal Pasquale DeStefano addressed the graduating class, advising them to challenge themselves to grow, and to do good regardless of what others are doing.

“Go out there and be the best version of yourself,” he told them, “and look for ways to positively affect your school and community.”

At Northport Middle School’s ceremony, assistant principal Chelsea Brown commended students for being prepared for this next phase in their lives.

“You made it through, and you’re ready to continue your journey to high school—and the high school is ready for you to help you reach your goals and achieve your dreams.” She urged them to never give up even in the face of adversity. “Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn,” she told them.

Principal Tim Hoss dubbed them “the class with special enthusiasm,” and urged them to continue to keep stepping up to the world boldly, and to embrace the unexpected.

After numerous academic and community awards were presented to outstanding students, each member of the future class of 2022 walked across the stage and received a certificate of completion as their names were announced, crossing the threshold into a new and exciting season of life—high school.