Graduation is a step on to the next part of a student’s life. In High School, what comes next can be unsure. In Junior High, the details may be fuzzy, but these students know where they’re headed: to high school and back to the bottom of the pile as freshmen.
Flora, North Clay and Clay City Schools all held their ceremonies for the end of eighth grade: a promotion in Flora, a commencement at North Clay and a graduation in Clay City.
Whatever the title, the gist of it is the same, these kids are headed on.
North Clay’s ceremony was held on the evening of Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the North Clay high School Gymnasium.
“As we look at those around us, our friends and our families,” said Miranda Lovett, who gave the welcome at the NCJHS ceremony, “We see the world through open eyes, open minds and open hearts.”
Lovett said that while the graduation was “One small step for North Clay Junior High,” it was, “One giant leap for all of us.”
The Floyd Henson Junior High ceremony in Flora was on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
MacKenzie Jennings delivered the class history at the FHJHS ceremony, and covered the full breadth of the class’ junior high experience, from academics to sports and music.
After covering the history, Jennings got her class going with, “Look out Flora High School, because here we come!”
Clay City’s graduation was also held on Tuesday night, at 8 p.m., in the junior high school gymnasium.
After Hannah Tidwell read a poem about graduation, valedictorian Kaitlin Frohning took the stage.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Frohning, quoting Nelson Mandela. “”I challenge you to set goals for life, not for high school.”
The Advocate-Press wishes luck and success to all of these eighth graders in their coming high school years.
“Even though we are still kids,” said Lovett, “We will grow up to be the future of America.”