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In Peek To The Future, Franklin Middle School Promotion Ceremony Held At FHS

More than 500 Middle School students received their promotion certificates June 27 during a ceremony held at Franklin High School.

More than 500 8th Graders were challenged to “be ready” for opportunities for personal growth during their promotion ceremony held June 27 at Franklin High School.

The event marked the first such ceremony for the Franklin Middle School students at the Sampson G. Smith and Hamilton Street campuses.

FMS Hamilton Street Campus principal Nick Solomon told the students that they should never allow negative words about them to become true.

“I truly believe you are a special group of individuals,” he said.

“My advice to you 8th Grade is to find your purpose, find what motivates you, and just make it happen,” Solomon said.

“We celebrate today because we are excited about what you have accomplished,” he said. “But what makes today really remarkable as you embark on this new chapter of life, you still can accomplish every goal and dream you aspire to reach. Continue to grow. I challenge you to prepare yourself so when opportunities knock, you are ready.”

“I promise you this 8th Grade class has no shortage of brilliant minds,” Solomon said.

Student speakers were Ty-Anna Doremus from the SGS Campus and Andy Lam from the Hamilton Street Campus.

“This is just the beginning,” Doremus said. “High school is right at our fingertips. College is an arm’s length away. Before we realize, we will be applying for a job, choosing a college or buying a car.”

“We’ve had great experiences in middle school, but it’s time to take these experiences and turn them into great dreams, goals, careers and futures,” she said.

“Remember the past and use it to look toward your future,” she said. “Remember hard work and use it to fuel your drive throughout life. Remember your surviving relationships with people around you … and use them to teach you about nurturing your future relationships. Remember your middle school experience and use it to make the most out of high school and college.”

Lam said that his goal in school was to make his parents – immigrants from Vietnam – proud of him.

“I guess I want my parents to be proud of me because I’m taking advantage of the opportunities they made for me,” he said. “I’m lucky for having the things they didn’t have, and I want them to be proud of me for being grateful for what they did.”

Lam also thanked the district’s teachers.

” Any of the students here can be doctors, lawyers, business leaders and much more, all because of the wonderful teachers who take the opportunity to inspire and teach their students,” he said.

Here are some scenes from the day:

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