Wearing white and green corsages, the Herkimer Central School Class of 2023 marked their graduation from sixth grade on Thursday.
As Mr. Krause and Mr. Fox played a processional on trumpet and keyboard, the sixth-graders filed into the gymnasium through a packed audience of families and teachers.
Before the ceremony began, teachers and their classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade lined the halls to give the sixth-graders a rousing send-off.
After a welcome from Principal Renee Vogt, board member Brian Crandall addressed the sixth-graders, encouraging them to make mistakes, take risks, laugh, and cry.
Crandall quoted Golden State Warriors basketball coach Steve Kerr, saying, “The future is coming so fast, we can’t possibly predict it; we can only learn to respond quickly.” He reminded the sixth-graders of Thomas Edison’s maxim that our greatest weaknesses lie in giving up.
Following Mr. Crandall’s remarks, Mrs. Vogt and assistant principal Christi Paragi presented the Citizenship Award, Comptroller’s Award, Awesome Effort Award and Principal’s Award , and presented the sixth-graders with their diplomas.
During the program, the sixth-grade class performed two songs: “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.
In her closing remarks. Mrs. Vogt reminded students of all they have achieved during the school year, and during their time at HES.
“We have worked hard this year to exemplify the word ‘incredible,’” Mrs. Vogt said. “You can expect challenges on the journey ahead, but you have all been given the tools to succeed.”