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It’s a Wrap for Middle School as Viewpoint’s 94 Eighth Graders Are Promoted to Upper School

On June 10, family, friends, and faculty joined Viewpoint’s Eighth Grade students on  Ring Family Field for a Promotion Ceremony to celebrate their three-year journey, their many accomplishments, and the completion of Middle School.  

Sadie Kieffer ’26, Student Council President, began the ceremony by leading attendees in the pledge of allegiance, followed by inspiring welcome remarks from Head of School Mark McKee. Mark reminded the Viewpoint Class of 2026 of our mission to create exceptional readiness for extraordinary futures, and their path to world ready as they embark on their Upper School journey.

As Stephen Chan, Head of Middle School, introduced Daphne Huffman to deliver the Eighth Grade address, he elaborated on the students’ journey to this moment, navigating a global pandemic and demonstrating resilience. 

During her speech, Daphne reflected metaphorically through a kaleidoscope on her and her fellow classmates’ experiences in a golden light, despite all of the trying times during their Middle School years. She recalled the many instances her class sang I Want it That Way, by the Backstreet Boys and commented: “Looking back, I don’t think I’d want it any other way. Thank you to my friends, teachers, parents, and to Viewpoint. I’m so lucky to be here.”

 The ceremony also featured great performances by the Eighth Grade Band, Strings, and Choir. The Class Historians* delivered a powerful timeline of memories and moments of their middle school experience, from academics and athletics to the arts and student life. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of certificates by the advisors’ who described stories and personalities of each student as they received their certificates. 

Congratulations Eighth Graders!  

Click here to watch the Promotion Ceremony.


*Class Historians 

Anniston Aragon 

Isabella Fillipakis 

Ambrielle Harris 

Kade Hood 

Derek Kessler 

Sadie Kieffer 

Conner Perry 

Tanner Tyminski 

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