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8th-Graders Move Up to Upper School

8th-Graders Move Up to Upper School

It was a beautiful morning on the Harvey campus June 5 as the 36 members of the eighth-grade class graduated from Harvey Middle School in a ceremony before their families, teachers, and friends. Head of Middle School Dr. Brendan Byrne noted it was a "year filled with incredible experiences" including Middle School productions, field trips, concerts, and their recent trip in May to Philadelphia.

Head of School Bill Knauer imparted some wisdom on the soon-to-be ninth-graders. "This is not a stand-and-rest-on-your-past-achievements ceremony, but a moving up. It's an event not only focused on where you are but on where you are headed," Mr. Knauer said. "This is your last day as eighth-graders."

Faculty speaker and Director of Athletics Patrick Kennedy encouraged the students not to be afraid to try new things and strive to become well-rounded individuals. "Take advantage of all that The Harvey School has to offer and use the possibility of failure as a motivator to always do your best," said Mr. Kennedy.

After the diplomas were given out, a number of awards were presented to students who excelled academically and athletically throughout the year. Music teacher Zachary Wright led the Class of 2023 as they sang "We Won't Stop Dreaming," swaying together as a bonded group that could not stop smiling.

Dr. Byrne closed the ceremony by reminding the students to draw inspiration from the people closest to them. "Your parents, your grandparents, your teachers, your classmates. These are the people in your life that have the most valuable lessons to share," said Dr. Bryne. "The role models in your life aren't that far away."

We look forward to welcoming our rising ninth-graders into Harvey Upper School this fall.


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