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New Haven 8th graders: Next stop East Union High School

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New Haven 8th graders: Next stop East Union High School

A group of promoting students takes the time to reflect on the time they’ve spent together while waiting for family and friends to be seated.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED May 23, 2013 1:10 a.m.

Hunter Leonard knew that his tie was straight.

Even when teacher Kathy Correia came around and helped the 8th grade boys at New Haven make themselves as presentable as possible for the promotional ceremony’s processional, she commented at how perfectly straight it was.

“It’s the perfect Windsor knot,” she said, moving on down the line.

Because when you’re getting ready to cap off your elementary school career, it’s important that these things are recognized.

Leonard was the first of his class to walk through the door and into the aisle that led to the front stage where the students would ultimately reside until they came up one-by-one to get their certificates.

But not everybody was quite so eager to make that jump.

Beverly Zeller was slightly emotional as she and friend Ashley Browning exchanged a hug before the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” started playing through the speakers in the front of the stage.

All of that seemed to go out the window, however, when the students themselves started to take their first steps towards becoming East Union High School students – something that one parent in the back row remarked at as they all walked proudly down the aisle.

“They’re all grown up,” she said. “They’re not little anymore.”

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