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HARVARD — Most of the 92 eighth-graders who left The Bromfield School as middle school students will enter the same school as high school students in the fall. As their class president pointed out, the distance may be short, but the transition is momentous.

Addressing her classmates at The Bromfield School Eighth-Grade Recognition Ceremony on June 22, newly-elected class President Halsey Berryman noted that even though the transition most of the students would be making from middle to high school was only a few hundred feet physically, there were “great changes ahead.”

“I am proud to be part of this class,” she said, noting memorable moments such as coming in together as sixth-graders, “climbing Mount Wachusett in the pouring rain” and other class milestones including nearly 3,000 hours of studying that proved well worth it.

“We came through without a scratch,” she said.

Berryman then read “Oh, the Places You Will Go,” by Dr. Seuss. The oddball verse and quirky profundities fit the occasion as nicely as a tall striped hat fits a famous fictional cat who helped many of these young people learn to read not so very long ago.

For example, “Remember that life’s a great balancing act!” and “ will you succeed? You bet!” it reads.

Even without the zany illustrations the beloved author and artist is famous for, the phrasing is familiar and fun, and the advice is joyously inspirational.

“Your mountain is waiting ” Halsey said, quoting Seuss. She concluded with an optimistic observation of her own. “I’m sure you’ll all do great things.”

Guidance counselor Cindy Hurley gave the closing address. She thanked the faculty for its support and for coordinating the event as well as parents for their roles in a family/school partnership and “for keeping your eyes on the prize, the reason we are all here today.”

To the students, she said, “You were the class that started it all,” and she noted changes and challenges they had faced as sixth-graders coming to the middle school for the first time such as more homework and no more recess. They had carried it off with humor and energy, she said, listing accomplishments such as sports, science projects, theater productions, stellar test scores and less touted but just as remarkable, emotional growth.

Comparing the class to this year’s graduated seniors, she said they, too, had grown, in subtle as well as obvious ways. At the 2006 Bromfield graduation, she said the students’ applause was not reserved for top performers or star athletes. Instead, they applauded loudest for students who were “unconditionally kind,” she said.

Calling the older group a cohesive class, she said this class had similar traits.

“You are on that road, too,” she said, citing a propensity for individual activism. “If you saw things you didn’t like, you stood up for change,” she said.

And in doing so, they shaped the climate of the school.

She wished them all happiness in the coming years.

“Happiness is internal and controllable,” she said. And it can start with a smile.

Quoting an admired spiritual leader, Hurley offered a simple formula.

“Sometimes, joy is the source of a smile, sometimes a smile is the source of joy.”

After the ceremony, students and guests enjoyed cake and punch in the lobby. Later, the students viewed a film that highlighted eventful times in their years together as a class.

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