Roslyn Middle School hosted its eighth-grade graduation ceremony at Hofstra University on Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m. Two hundred and fifty-six students entered the arena to Pomp and Circumstance in front of an audience of family members and live streamers.
Assistant principal Christopher Roth presented the PFA Character of Distinction Awards to Safiya Bhuiyan, Elizabeth Hsiao, Joshua Kaftol and Richard Moscarelli; which was followed by a vocal performance of the Roslyn Middle School Chorale, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Amazing.”
Speeches followed, first by principal Craig Johanson and then Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy, who encouraged the incoming freshmen class to take full advantage of everything that Roslyn High School offers. PFA Co-Presidents Brooke Sokolov and Sharon Somekh also gave remarks.
Principal Johanson recognized two retirees: Band and Jazz Band Director Frank Cifali and Orchestra and String Ensemble Director Jacqueline Stone Martin, for their years of musical contributions to the district.
Assistant principal Jennifer Sheehan presented the Vanessa Gray Award to Matthew Waxman and School Counselor Lisa DeMarco presented the William Alexander Award to Yang Amy Wu. One by one, the 8th graders took the stage as their names were called by Ms. DeMarco.
Remarks by Principal Scott Andrews, who welcomed the incoming freshmen to Roslyn High School as the Class of 2026 followed the procession of graduates.