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Wantagh Middle School faculty and parents joined in celebrating the advancement of 213 eighth-grade students, who will meet more rigorous academic challenges upon entrance into high school, during the annual crossing-over ceremony held on June 8 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 Kelly Taggart led in the Pledge of Allegiance, graduates Kaylee Tate, Seth Braum and Alexa Gottlieb reflected on memories during grades 6-8, respectively. Graduate Nicholas Bifone gave words of encouragement by saying, “We must continue to take risks and believe everything is possible.”

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 graduates attended a dance in the middle school auditorium.