Cherry Avenue’s Principal, Dr. Lisa Ihne, welcomed everyone to the Moving-Up ceremony and acknowledged that this special day marked a new chapter for the bright, eager Fifth graders “who are well-prepared for the next phase of their education. “It has been a privilege to know the students and serve as their principal,” Dr. Ihne continued. “I have really enjoyed getting to know each and every one of the students, and I must admit that they’re one of the most special Fifth-grade groups I have ever met. As much as we would like to keep them longer, it is time for them to move on to the Middle School.”
Thanking the parents for sharing their children with the Cherry Avenue community, Dr. Ihne encouraged the students, even as they became teenagers, to keep communication open with their parents— “your two best friends”—who “will always be there regardless of the situation.” With the announcement: “Fifth graders, congratulations! We are proud of you. You will be missed,” Dr. Ihne presented them to Middle School Principal Mr. Thomas Murray, who assured the incoming Sixth graders they will enjoy the Middle School experience. This was followed by the presentation of the special awards and Moving-Up Certificates.
During the processional, the Fifth graders had done a curious thing. Each dropped one object into an empty black storage box resting at the base of the center podium, before taking his or her seats. Eventually, the box was brimming with sports equipment: basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, softballs, hand balls, frisbees, even jump ropes.
When PTA presidents Danielle Watson and Jennifer Wilson made the class presentation later in the ceremony, they explained this year’s class gift was the box and its contents for Cherry Avenue students. Following this heartwarming moment was the sentimental journey provided by the slide show.
Ending the program were two musical numbers directed by Kristi Woerner. First, the students sang For Good, which was followed by this year’s surprise hit (a clever paraphrasing of It’s all About the Bass), entitled It’s All About the Lockers, rewritten specifically by Kristi Woerner and Christine Cirillo for this year’s Moving-Up classes at all three elementary schools.
ACADEMIC GOLD AWARDS
Triple “C” •Angelina Sagginario, Matthew Sullivan
Kemper Awards • Francesco Soccoli, Miaria Michaelides
New York State Comptroller •William Streek, Devin Lillis, Sarah Newman
Executive Public Service Award •Juliette Wessels
County Legislature Presiding Officer • Gabriella Meza
Cherry Good Choice Award •Miles Cataldo
Cameron Riccomini Scholarship Award •Kenneth Corrao