Eighth Graders Move Up to High School

Eighth Graders Move Up to High School photo

The gymnasium at the Freeport High School was filled with excitement and anticipation, as J.W. Dodd Middle School family, friends and district staff and members of the board of education witnessed eighth grade students transition into ninth graders during the moving up ceremony.

The event provided beautiful performances by the Dodd Middle School Symphonic Orchestra and Select Chorus. Led by Director Dr. Sherill Spruill, the Select Chorus performed the national anthem and a riveting rendition of “A Million Dreams.” 

Dodd’s master and mistress of ceremonies, Jayden Easy and Ana James, delivered heartfelt speeches to their peers and recognized teachers who were instrumental throughout their journey at Dodd.

Board of Education President Michael Pomerico addressed the graduating class and inspired students to set their goals high. “It is fine if you have to struggle to get there. Don’t be discouraged when your path takes detours. Be determined, put in the effort and get yourself back on course. You have not made it to this point without the assistance of many supporters. Your families, teachers, administrators have all been there for you and they will continue to make your next giant leap to the high school.”

Prior to the ceremonial presentation of graduates, Dodd Principal Johane Ligondè urged students to enter the high school level with a plan. 

“If you have big dreams, you will create new paths. Your job is to start with your dream. Every single one of you should have some ideas of what it is that you would like to explore at the high school,” she said. “We have amazing opportunities at the high school. However, you have to decide to take them. You must advocate for yourself…and all the people around you will absolutely help you succeed.”

The program concluded with the Symphonic Orchestra performing of “Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams under the direction of ensemble directors Candice Mordhorst and Adam Rubin.