TOWNSEND — Watch out, North Middlesex Regional High School here they come!
All 209 members of the class of 2008 and over 450 family and friends gathered in the auditorium of Hawthorne Brook Middle School to celebrate the students’ passage from eighth grade into high school.
Before the ceremony, students spoke highly of one another. Kyle Dunbar said that making new friends was the best thing that happened to him at the school.
Katryna Kusmerik said meeting new people was also the best point for her. Because students come from three different towns, she added, there were opportunities to meet other people. The North Middlesex Regional School District serves Townsend, Ashby, and Pepperell.
During the ceremony, two students read poems written for the event. “I have met lots of friends,” Jessica Meehan read from Moving On. “This place has become a second home.”
Emma Collins read Good Morning. “Here you can be remembered. Here you can be anyone.”
Outgoing Principal Dr. Pamela A. Miller also spoke of the closeness of both students and staff. She said that the kids were great and the staff was like family to her.
She thanked the staff for putting students’ needs first, parents and family for supporting the students, and the eighth grade class.
“Tonight is a celebration of all you’ve accomplished at Hawthorne Brook Middle School,” she said. “Your journey continues. Embrace challenges. You can accomplish great things.”
Miller said the class is “a great group of leaders.” During the course of the school year, the eighth grade students organized the Veterans’ Day celebration, the Turkey Trot, collected canned goods and made the morning and afternoon announcements.
Devon Holohan, the Student Council secretary, received the Principal’s Award for 2007-2008. Leadership, initiative and commitment to the school were considered in granting the award.
Miller said that Holohan was always there; always ready to help out. “Each year this is one of the most difficult decisions I have to make,” Miller said.
Holohan presented the class gift of a wireless microphone system for the school’s auditorium at the assembly. Vice Principal Artie O’Connor said that it was being used for the ceremony and it seemed to be working well.
Dunbar and fellow student Dylan Kimbar led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rebecca Shaw and Holly Masson sang the national anthem. Kayla Breslin delivered the closing remarks.
Good humor and support were evident when Jonathan Sweeney earned some laughs after hugging O’Connor during the presentation of certificates.
After the ceremony, the PTO provided refreshments outside the school.