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Wantagh Middle School faculty and parents joined in celebrating the advancement of 229 eighth grade students, who will meet more rigorous academic challenges upon entrance into high school, during the annual Crossing-Over Ceremony held on June 7 at the high school.   

Principal Dawn Matrochano encouraged the students to take a break to reflect on those who helped them along the way. She also said, “Life is not a race, but a journey. Make every second count.”

After Ava Kornbluth led in the Pledge of Allegiance, graduates Evan Thole, Kylie Masterson and Ryan Arbeit reflected on memories during grades 6-8, respectively. Graduate Noah Corwin said as Wantagh Warriors, his peers are ready for the challenges of high school if they remain courageous, disciplined and demonstrate honor. “Be a warrior,” Noah said.

After the celebratory speeches concluded, Assistant Principal Dr. Stephanie Scolieri called the names of the students one-by-one to the podium to receive a certificate of completion, handed out by members of the board of education and administration. After the ceremony, the students attended a dance in the middle school auditorium themed “Under the Stars.”