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Middle School holds Graduation

Pennington's Middle School held graduation ceremonies at the Pennington United Methodist Church on June 9 for forty-one eighth-graders. Head of Middle School Todd D. Paige announced eighth-grade award-winners, and Headmaster William S. Hawkey and faculty advisors joined him in presenting the diplomas.

Erin Heyeck was valedictorian, judged first in scholarship for the eighth grade; she also received an award for excellence in German. Salutatorian Leah Balerna greeted the audience. Other eighth-grade speakers offering reflections were Griffin Papa and Anna McLaughlin. Artem Rukavishnikov played a trumpet solo, and the Middle School Singers and Sixth-Grade Handchimes and Handbells group performed, as well.

Academic awards for eighth-graders were presented at Graduation (see list below); those for sixth- and seventh-graders were given at a special assembly earlier in the day (see separate article).

The members of the Pennington School Class of 2020 (alphabetical order): Julianna Alito, Sophia Amaro, Leah Balerna, Jordan Bostick, Chad Brunner, Abigail Bulger, Vincent Colalillo, Andrew DiDomenico, Olivia Ernst, John Fancher, Alyssa Gasior, Blake Hart, Gavin Hart, Elise Hawkey, Erin Heyeck, William Jones, Jenna Kollevoll, Jonathan Lee, Alexa Lepold, Christopher Long Jr., Katherine Long, Jon-Henri Marlow, Mitchell Mavellia, Anna McLaughlin, Laura Mertz, William Miller, Yaoxin Mo, Lucas Musto, Eva Ondreyka, Connor Ort, Lucas Ort, Griffin Papa, Kostiantyn Rogankov, Artem Rukavishnikov, Raul Shah, Matthew Shipley, Karis Sneed, Jacob Washton, Richard Weise, Huiyu Yang, and Lila Yazujian

Congratulations to our wonderful eighth-grade students and families!

For a full video of today's Middle School Graduation, please click here. For a highlight video, click here.

For photos, please click here.

Eighth-Grade Academic Awards

Valedictorian: Erin Heyeck

Salutatorian: Leah Balerna

Mathematics: Yaoxin Mo

Science: Artem Rukavishnikov

English: Abigail Bulger

Social Studies: Olivia Ernst

Latin: Vincent Colalillo

French: Eva Ondreyka

German: Erin Heyeck

Spanish: Elise Hawkey

Artorama: Alexa Lepold

Music: Artem Rukavishnikov

Citizenship: Raul Shah

Most Improved: William Jones

Academic Perseverance: Jenna Kollevoll

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