On June 15th, AIS Middle School’s Year End Ceremony celebrated its students’ academic achievements and formally bid farewell to 8th graders. It was the school’s honor to welcome distinguished guests: Mr. Tran Huong (Vice Director of Representative Office of Ministry of Education and Training in Ho Chi Minh City), AIS leaders, Mr. Chris Allen (AIS High School Principal) and Mr. John Last (AIS Academic Director). Most significantly, AIS Middle School teachers, students and their parents gathered at this important event.
Following the meaningful speech of AIS Middle School principal - Mr. James Rumely, 20 students who earned the highest GPAs were honored for their outstanding effort during the school year. Top subject awards for 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade followed.
Before presenting Certificates of Completion to the 8th graders, Mr. Tim Connell, PE teacher and faculty representative encouraged the students. He said: “High school has a scary reputation; however in reality it is so much more fun than you think. You will create stronger friendships, physically develop into young adults, gain independence from your parents and enhance your personalities. These changes that will come in the near future are the foundations of adult life. Enjoy your high school experience; you only get one shot at it.”
Eighth grade Valedictorian, Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, also represented all the 8th graders in showing their gratitude for the enthusiasm and dedication of AIS Middle School teachers. Thuy reminisced about her Middle School memories and of saying goodbye to valued friends and teachers. She also promised to try her best to gain higher academic achievements in the future. When Mr. James Rumely and Mr. John Last were presenting the certificates, pride and maturity were reflected on the faces of the 8th graders. Mr. Chris Allen congratulated all students, parents, teachers, and staff for another successful school year at AIS and warmly welcomed the 8th grade students to AIS High School.
The Middle School Choir and Band contributed to the success of the year end ceremony. Conducted by Mr. John Arunski and Ms. Patrice Murphy, the Choir and Band presented three wonderful arrangements, which created an exciting atmosphere to such a formal event.
The ceremony ended with the students’ excitement for the upcoming summer, a sense of sadness about saying goodbye to friends and teachers, the desire to continue their academic endeavors, and to embrace the incredible changes ahead in their lives.
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