2021 8Th Grade Grad Hero

Events, Middle School

Eighth Graders Celebrate Graduation

On June 11, the 48 members of The Northwest School’s 8th grade class gathered in person in the gymnasium, and virtually online, along with their families to celebrate 8th Grade Graduation.

Emceed by 8th graders Elliot C. and Eva E., the ceremony featured a virtual dance performance by Amaya B. to “Ku’u Hoa.” In addition, Colin B., Tagg C., Aviva L-L., Ana Elisa T-R, and Zack S. performed “Ode to Joy,” and Middle School Advanced Dance students Eva E., Rafi H., Cara L., Ruth S., and Coco O. performed “Roses.” The event also featured a special performance from Middle School Director Sue Maul and her faculty backing band, Cheugy, performing Andy Grammer’s “Give Love.”

Families heard remarks from Interim Head of School Dennis Bisgaard and Sue Maul. Sue encouraged the students to stick together as they navigate their world in the future.

“One of the reasons we emphasize community so much here at Northwest is because of the power and necessity of the collective,” Sue told the students. “Brilliant people do brilliant work when they work collectively together. If I’ve had any success, it is because of the people who have partnered with me, supported me, and held me accountable.”

She went on to quote the Reverend Dr. Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader: “Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Normally, as part of 8th Grade Graduation, students perform an annual Fly-up ceremony, which was not able to take place this year due to physical distancing regulations. Sue closed out the ceremony by celebrating all students for completing another year in their school journeys. Afterwards, 8th grade families gathered in the Urban Farm and Garden for strawberry shortcake-flavored cupcakes.

See below for a few photos from the event.