Friday, June 9 sported gorgeous weather for the Class of 2021 as they said their final goodbyes to their last year of Middle School at Middle School Closing in Garland Theater. Family, friends, Middle School faculty and students gathered in the theater to celebrate with the rising 9th Grade.
As the program began, Head of School Kim Roberts encouraged the students by sharing that although they may feel both excitement and trepidation at heading to Upper School, that they are more than ready for the years to come. After a performance of the song I Lived by the Blue Belles, Head of Middle School Tung Trinh invited the girls and the crowd to "Pack More Oranges" through his address. This theme, inspired by an example that an 8th Grade student used when asked to think about why there were not more women leaders recognized in the world, motivated the students to be bold and different as they become the women leaders of tomorrow. Read his remarks here.
Several 8th Grade students were presented with awards following Mr. Trinh's speech.
8th Grade Citizenship Award -- Charlotte Edmunds, Rashiya Howell
8th Grade F.E. White Award -- Catherine Erwin
8th Grade Faculty Award -- Carly Baker
8th Grade Unsung Hero Award -- Amber Carter
8th Grade Spirit Award -- Madison Qualls
The 6th Grade Citizenship Award was presented to Mia DeVillasee and the 7th Grade Citizenship Award to Alexis Gilman.
Middle School President Alice Blair then addressed her classmates and the audience before the Presentation of Certificates. Mr. Trinh shared words about each girl in the class as she received her certificate. After the ceremony, students joined their guests in a Courtyard reception.
Congratulations, Class of 2021!