RANDOLPH, NJ-- As excited parents cheered loudly in the bleachers for their children, the classic graduation song rang out for all of the crowd to hear as the Randolph Middle School Class of 2019 walked into the gym. The unfortunate indoor relocation due to rain did not prevent 386 fresh young faces from smiling up at the crowd of proud family members.

Randolph Middle School principal Dr. Dennis Copeland welcomed Jonah Perelman, the eighth grade class president, to the stand for an opening message.

“The class of 2019 should be extremely proud of our accomplishments,” Perelman started. “Remember the past, embrace the present and look forward to the future.” Perelman gave a powerful recap of his grade’s accomplishments and disappointments over the past three years, with an emphasis on experiences with individuality and group bonding.

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The class of 2019 has been proven to be academically successful, as their program stated: 16 students were honored for the highest academic achievement, receiving straight “A”s for all three years of middle school; and 12 students had perfect attendance for their eighth grade year.

While many families and friends sat on the bleachers, the feeling of love and celebration was in the air. Smiles widened on eighth graders’ faces as they received their certificates.

Diplomas were handed to students by one of their teachers. For team 8-1, Mr. Robert Chernow gave them out; for team 8-2, it was Mr. Jacob Burlas;, for team 8-3, it was Mr. Jacob Torsiello; and for team 8-4, it was Mrs. Susanne Gerdes. All wished their students the best of luck during their upcoming high school experience.

To wrap up the eventful evening, Middle School Principal Dr. Dennis Copeland had only one statement for the future high school freshman: “I leave you all here with one simple thing: Be kind. That’s it.”

Congratulations to the Randolph Middle School Class of 2019.

Editor's Note : Laura Lucivero and Dani Arcaro are students at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Randolph.