8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

By Keri Mina
June 06, 2024

As the school year draws to a close, our Stone Middle School community gathered to celebrate a significant milestone in the lives of our students: the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. This event marks the transition from middle school to high school, a journey filled with academic growth, personal development, and unforgettable memories.

The ceremony was held at Westfield High School, and attendees were welcomed by the Stone jazz band. Parents, teachers, and friends filled the seats, their faces beaming with pride and excitement. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation as everyone eagerly awaited the moment when each student would receive their promotion certificate.

The event commenced with the playing of our national anthem by our Stone jazz band, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Pledge of Hope, and then a heartfelt welcome from our principal, Ms. Williams, who acknowledged the hard work and dedication of both students and faculty saying how she was fortunate to lead “the best middle school in Fairfax County!”  Ms. Williams then introduced the PTA and special guests to the audience to be recognized.  

Our teachers then took the stage to present students with awards for the year.  These students were recognized for their hard work and dedication in the classrooms as they were acknowledged by their proud teachers.  

Student speaker, Julia Salem, took the stage next, sharing her experiences and the lessons she’s learned over the past two years. Her speech, filled with anecdotes and heartfelt thanks, resonated with the audience, highlighting the supportive and nurturing environment of Stone Middle School. In her speech she remarked of skills she gained while at Stone. “I’m equipped with resilience, empathy, and curiosity, which will guide me through the challenges ahead,” said Julia, as she also added, “We are not only celebrating the end of our middle school journey, but the beginning of new adventures that await us in high school.”   

The highlight of the ceremony was, of course, the presentation of certificates. As each student's name was called, the auditorium erupted in applause. Walking across the stage, they received a graduation lei and their certificates, a tangible acknowledgment of their hard work and perseverance. It was a moment of triumph and joy, captured in countless photographs and videos.

The ceremony concluded with closing remarks from the principal of Westfield High School, who welcomed the students to their new school for next year as the “best high school in Fairfax County!” and encouraged the students to embrace the challenges and opportunities that high school will bring.

As the ceremony was dismissed, families and friends gathered outside for photos, creating lasting memories of this special evening. The promotion ceremony was not just a celebration of academic success but a testament to the community's support for Stone Middle School and the students' potential for the future. As our 8th graders step into high school, we are confident that they will continue to grow, achieve, and make us proud. Congratulations and we can’t wait to see you soar!