Lights and tulle adorned the walls and basketball hoops as the 44 graduates filled the stage.
Principals Jeffrey O’Hara and Suzan Locke saluted the class of 2018 and sent students on to high school with messages about kindness and honesty.
Student speakers Phoebe Dennison and Addison Schmidt shared thoughts about the importance of community with their fellow graduates. Graduates enjoyed a round of applause as they accepted awards and diplomas.
Following the ceremony, the crowd gathered in the lunchroom-turned-ballroom for a reception followed by a dance for the graduates.
Hanging outside the gym door were two large banners with handwritten messages both for the graduates from the school community, and from graduates to their younger friends, teachers and staff they are leaving behind.
From the younger students to their graduating friends came well-wishes such as “Thanks for being an inspiration for all of us. We will miss you.” And hopes for the future at CVU: “Hopefully lunch is good there.”
From the graduates came practical tips such as: “Get a top locker,” “Join student council,” and “Try a new sport.” The newly minted freshman also had some sage advice: “It’s eighth grade. Chill.” “Be nice to everybody.”
Eighth Grade Class of 2018
Olivia St. Peter