SUMMIT, NJ - Shorter, but just as sweet.

Overcast skies and a stray, misty sprinkle resulted in an adjusted, 'kids first' format as Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School held its 2018 commencement ceremonies before a big crowd at Investors Bank Field.

After the Seventh Grade Band greeted the 307 soon-to-be-graduates with the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance," Principal Damen Cooper took to the lectern to inform the audience that -- due to Mother Nature -- the 'adult portion' of the show would be dispatched, and that -- as it should be -- the youth-centric portions of the show would proceed.

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Student Council President Summer Cullen led attendees in The Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by "The Star Spangled Banner."

Emma Burke -- who paced all students in the school's 'Ryder's Challenge' community service initiative, presented a certificate signifying the Class' collective accomplishment of 7,497 hours to Mayor Nora Radest. 

On a night when the sky played a key scheduling role, student Clara Wasserman appropriately delivered "Passions That Lift You Skyward," an eloquent talk that centering on the lessons and adventures that have accompanied the many highs -- and even a few lows -- of the Class' LCJSMS journey.

The Eighth Grade Chorus performed "A Million Dreams" from "The Greatest Showman" accompanied by Santiago Solis-Negron on piano and Michael Speer on drums, prior to the students then receiving their graduation certificates.


First Honor Roll for Eleven Marking Periods

Victoria Burgdorff
Lara Cota
Margaret DeFabio
Madeline Demm
Ana Estupinan
Emma Gangi
Claire Guo
Giulia Guzzinati
Gillian Heimple
Meredith Jenkins
Natasha Kim
Sophia Lambrianakos
Olivia Lawlor
Jessica Luo
Sophia Malik
Eva Oberhuber
Quinn Phillips
Michael Reddy
Kara Regner
Thea Rind
Michael Speer
Gabrielle Weiner
Sydney Zagorin
Sophia Zecca

Ryder's Challenge Community Service Award

Emma Burke

Catherlyn L. Williams Journey of Excellence Award

Taylor Christ

Principal’s Award for Student Leadership

Summer Cullen

Principal’s Award for Perfect Attendance

Sonia Ingrid Sorvik
Andres Vasquez