Eighth graders set for promotion

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Academics, Student Accomplishments

By Hannah Wolfe
Cougar News Blog

It’s that time of year again, Cactus Canyon Junior High’s eighth graders are promoting. On May 21, CCJH’s older eighth grade students will be moving on to ninth grade. Promotion will take place on Wednesday, May 21, at 8 a.m.
CCJH’s teachers and staff members are both excited for the students and sad that the eighth graders are moving on to bigger and better things.
“I don’t think I am ever completely ready for ‘my’ kids to move on,” said the eighth grade assistant principal Joyce Gingrich. “It is a bittersweet moment, much as parents feel about their own children. It is both a proud and a sad moment for me.”
The ceremony includes the introduction of the Students of the Year, speeches by NJHS and Student Council officers, and the presentation of the class to AJHS principal Larry LaPrise.
After the ceremony is over, students are allowed to go home and begin their summer vacation.
“I am going to miss all the seventh graders moving up, and the teachers,” said Janelle Digos. ”Actually, I’m going to miss everything.”
The eighth grade students were required to fill out a registration packet for high school. The biggest struggle for most students was picking the electives. Most students claimed that the packet was difficult and “stressful,” and they felt like they were “planning their whole life out” in the eighth grade. While others found filling out the packet fun and exciting.
“I hated filling out the registration packet, it took way too long,” said Christian Meraz.
The majority of Cactus Canyon’s eighth grade students are promoting to Apache Junction High School, while others are going to other high schools such as Skyline or Desert Ridge.
Most students are ready to move on from middle school, and find new opportunities.
“It has been a good year and I’m sad it’s ending,” said Jessica Sigler. “But I have a new school full of opportunities ahead of me.”
  1. Holly says:

    Great Job Hannah! Keep posting great stories next year for me. I will miss the blog so much and i can’t wait to see all the great stories you guys will post next year!

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