Baker Prairie Middle School and Ninety One School celebrated outgoing eighth-graders last week

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie celebrated their outgoing eighth graders at Canby High School on June 13.

After Canby graduated more than 330 seniors, there is now room in the high school for the incoming freshman class. Baker Prairie's graduating eighth-graders gathered to celebrate in the high school gym on June 13, and Ninety One students celebrated June 14.

Hundreds packed in to the gym to help Baker Prairie students celebrate, and two high school students showed up to give the incoming freshmen a pep talk.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Two high school students, Trevor Taylor and Sarah Patton, addressed the soon-to-be-freshmen. HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie students announced their own name as they walked in to their eighth grade celebration June 13.

"After this week is over, you will all officially be high-schoolers," said newly elected sophomore class president Sarah Patton. "Don't stress though; as long as you've seen at least one 'High School Musical' movie, you'll be completely prepared for freshman year…Don't worry about the dance choreography yet—you'll pick it up as you go."

She admitted maybe that isn't exactly true, but noted that students who are looking forward to singing, dancing or acting in high school will most certainly have the opportunity to do that at Canby High.

"Our choir placed third at state this year, dance team won state for the fourth year in a row and our nationally qualified thespians continue to put on amazing fall and spring productions," Patton said.

Beyond extracurriculars, Patton encouraged the students to focus on their education.

"The time to prioritize school is now," she said.

Next year's Associated Student Body President Trevor Taylor offered a few words as well, pointing out that students who may be feeling anxious should know that high school offers more freedom than middle school.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Eighth grade students gathered in the high school cafeteria prior to their celebration last week.

"You can wear hats any day you want," Taylor said.

The band played, the choir sang, staff and students offered inspiring words, and then it became official.

"Congratulations. You made it," Taylor said. "Middle school is over—almost."

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Eighth grade students gathered in the high school cafeteria before their celebration.

Ninety One School also celebrated their outgoing eighth-graders in a promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 14, followed by a reception in the courtyard.

Just a day later, the all of the eighth grade students indeed said goodbye to middle school for good, and the high school has a new freshman class.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: BRIAN WING - Ninety One School celebrated their eighth-graders on June 14.

Kristen Wohlers
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