Four years ago, I sat in the Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium for the eighth grade commencement ceremony. There were lots of giggles and excitement among the group as they prepared to leave the middle school and begin their high school career. Many of them had just participated in the spring musical production of “Oklahoma!” and a few had been able to be a part of the fall Marching Band season because their skills were needed to fill out the band.

All eighth grade students go to the high school for their elective classes, so this whole group was familiar with the building they would soon be attending. No doubt they had heard stories of what it was like to be in high school and what they could expect. They surely knew of many of the traditions that existed in Mount Vernon and were anxious to become a part of this and experience all of it for themselves.

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