Cherry Moving Up


  • 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
    Michael Argenziano
    Christina Arlotta
    John Corcoran
    John Greves
    Anthoula Paloubis
    Sophia Sanchez
    Cesar Cortes
    Patrick Folks
    Maggie Mongiello
    William Streek
    Natasha Yajadda
    Chad Moccio
    Angelina Sagginario
    Gene Weng
    SILVER AWARDS
    Kenneth Corrao
    Thomas Marino
    Gabriela Meza
    Sarah Newman
    Miles Cataldo
    Juliet Wessels
    Kate Cassidy
    Cecelia Micelli
    Ava Eriksen
    Brett Geffner
    Caroline Gozaloff
    Miikka Nelson
    Colby Holmes
    Samuel Ogunwale

    FITNESS AWARD
    GOLD
    Brett Geffner
    Devin Lillis
    Casey Malone
    Brigid Manning
    Nolan May
    Macklin Murtha
    Sarah Newman
    Charlie Sands
    Matthew Sullivan
    Juliet Wessels
    Abbey White
    Natasha Yajadda
    SILVER
    Michael Argenziano
    James Bayne 
    Connor Cameron
    Kenny Carrao
    Kate Cassidy
    Hailey Dyckman
    Ava Eriksen
    Patrick Folks
    Caroline Gozaloff  
    Cole Grandfield
    John Greves 
    Caterina Harris
    Colby Holmes
    Isabel Malone
    Tommy Marino
    Luke Marullo
    Patrick McCabe
    Elisa McGuinness  
    Cecelia Micelli
    Chad Moccio
    Liam Moynihan
    Mikka Nelson
    Samuel Ogunwale
    Nicole Reina
    Nicholas Romano
    Angelina Sagginario
    Molly Schollenberger
    Timothy Sebor
    Jack Smalley
    William Streek
    Dylan Tomforde
    Gene Wang 
    Andrew Watson
    James Willsen 

    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