Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Speech by student Heads-Elect of School

May 30, 2019 by Guest Student Author

speech co-delivered by Katie Kowalyshyn '20 and Melissa Ndabarasa '20, co-Heads-Elect of School, during the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on May 30, 2019

Katie: Hello all.

Melissa: As the Heads of School for next year,

Katie: we are here to give the eighth graders some advice as new high school students.

Melissa: We’ve seen you all grow throughout this year, and we are excited to see what you accomplish in the future.


Katie: Middle school, I’m sure, has been a lot of fun. Between Bill’s bean bag chairs,

Melissa: Cat’s Dance parties,

Katie: and Founder’s Day celebrations,

Melissa: you have created strong bonds within your class and the SBS community.

Katie: I know that we aren’t alone in commending you for all of your achievements.

Melissa: Congrats!


Katie: Now, though, it’s time for a new chapter in all of your lives.

Melissa: High school will be a time of growth, new friendships, and many new experiences.

Katie: Don’t worry. You’re all ready to take it all on.

Melissa: You all are some of the most amazing young women we’ve met.

Katie: From your athleticism, creativity, enthusiasm and kindness, we have no doubt that you’re going to achieve great things.


Melissa; Whether you’re moving up to SBS as a ninth grader

Katie: or continuing on to a different school for your next four years,

Melissa: we wish you the best.

Katie: You’ll find your place and make your mark,

Melissa: as all Stoneleigh Burnham students do.

Katie: We urge you to take risks,

Melissa: do everything to the best of your abilities,

Katie: but at the same time remember to have fun.

Melissa: Take it from a couple of soon to be seniors: time flies.

Katie: Yes, grades matter, and yes, you should put lots of effort into your academics, but make sure to enjoy each other as well.

Melissa: The people you will meet in the next four years and those you know today will have such a strong impact on you, and will be some of the most amazing people you will get to know.

Katie: Enjoy your teenage years, and enjoy high school because four years isn’t actually that long believe it or not.


Melissa: Completing middle school is a step towards your very bright future ahead of you.

Katie: All that you all have to do now, is take hold of your future and don’t let it go.

Melissa: We all can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Katie: High school is an adventure. You will have to take on the ups and downs.

Melissa: High school is filled with opportunities that will help you find yourself and show you who you want to be, so consider yourself an opportunist.

Katie: High school can seem like a puzzle at times, but you will all learn to solve it.

Melissa: High school is an adventure

Katie: with opportunities to take,

Melissa: puzzles to solve,

Both: and experiences to enjoy.


Written by Guest Student Author

Periodically students volunteer or are asked to write for the Stoneleigh-Burnham blog.

Filed Under: student voice, Moving Up, Goodbyes