El Dorado Middle School eighth graders celebrated the completion of middle school Wednesday with the annual 8th Grade Promotion.
Following the Flag Salute and the performance of “An Adventure” by the eighth grade choir, EMS Principal Karla King presented the class to the parents and family members who filled the EMS auditorium.
Each student’s name was read, along with his or her accomplishments and activities.
Following the student recognition, two scholarships were presented.
The Lavelle/Monte Watts Memorial Scholarship, presented to students attending a summer camp, went to Aidan Cairns, Katalina Campos and Cayden Sehie. The KSHSAA Citizenship Award went to Jolie Howland and Davon Beach-Mayes.
The ceremony concluded with student reflections presented by Student Council President Sidney Howland.
She started with a moment of silence for the children of Moore, Okla., who will never get to graduate.
Howland thanked their parents and grandparents for putting up with them.
“I remember the first year here we were all really nervous and scared and worried about getting lost,” she said. “As we get ready to go to high school we feel the same way. I am sure we will make it at the scary high school just as we made it at the scary middle school.”
She offered this advice to her fellow students: “We must remember one bad decision can force us down a road we don’t want to travel.”
She urged them all to make the right decisions.