RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Middle School held their eighth grade promotion ceremony under warm sunny skies on June 20 at John Bauer Memorial Stadium.

“Fellow graduates, we should recognize that today is not only special for us, but for our families as well,” said Class president Adam Gellert, who reminded his peers of all those who were behind them these past few years.

“Today would be a good day to hug them and thank them for supporting you, because as much as this is your achievement, this is also the achievement of the people who care about you. That means your parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers, your teachers and mentors, and all who care about you.”

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Over 400 students will be moving on up from Randolph middle school to high school next year.  While most will attend Randolph, many others will part ways and spend the next four years at a host of other local schools with students from a mix of towns.  Regardless of where they go, their time spent at RMS has built a springboard for them all to meet the challenges they will face at the next level.

In a composed and well delivered speech, Gellert encouraged his classmates to find their own path, stating, “Be happy, Do what makes you happy, and hang out with people who make you laugh. There is nothing better than laughing so hard you cry.”

Gellert continued, “Remember, you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do the right thing, even if no one is looking.”

Principal Dr. Copeland also offered congratulations to his eighth graders, wishing them much success in their future along the many roads they will travel.

Dr. Copeland concluded the ceremony by repeating some words of the class president, stating, ““In the words of the Student Government President Adam Gellert, when you get to high school, and in all things you do in your life, do not follow the crowd.”