Eighth-Graders Move Up in East Rockaway

Eighth-Graders Move Up in East Rockaway Photo

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School celebrated the academic achievements of its eighth-grade students during the school’s annual Eighth-Grade Moving Up Ceremony on June 14.

Principal Joseph Spero kicked off the ceremony by welcoming students, parents and family members in attendance. He also expressed his hope that the teachers and staff had encouraged students to think about beginning their freshman year with a mindset of high expectations and successes.  

“The concept of intelligence is one that many have discussed and debated over time,” Spero said. “Some view intelligence as the ability of your brain to house many facts and bits of information, others view it as the ability to think logically and reason through a situation, still others see it differently. Some think we’re smart in this, but not so much in that. To me the most impacting way to see intelligence is to see it as something fluid and born of inspiration. I believe you all have the ability to be inspired to do great things.”

The ceremony continued with the school’s junior chorus performing “Homeward Bound,” under the direction of music teacher Seanna Silver.

Several students received awards, including Emma Pollackov and Alyssa Walsh, who were recognized for overall high academic achievement. Also honored were Eligio Guarino and Daniella Pedi, who received the Junior Public Service and Leadership Award from NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky.

After receiving their certificates, students heard from current members of the senior class, Kayla Cimkowski and Michael Saporito, who offered words of advice. They also watched a PowerPoint presentation made by teacher Don Poland, which highlighted their time in East Rockaway.