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Holmdel Promotes Its 8th Graders With Best Wishes

The William R. Satz School 8th graders graduated Wednesday, surrounded by family and friends and faculty.

On Wednesday, 294 Holmdel eighth graders were applauded, congratulated, and bestowed diplomas on their way to High School at a ceremony on the campus of Brookdale Community College. 

The girls in their colorful short dresses and young men in suits sat in chairs in the center of the Collins Arena, surrounded by proud parents and friends in the bleachers who were undoubtably grateful to be in the air-conditioned comfort on a 95 degree afternoon. 

The Class of 2012 appeared to be more male than female. Of the 294 students, there were 30 more boys than girls seated in the ceremony.

According to the guidance office, 267 have indicated they will continue to Holmdel High School. 

Some have succeeded in winning spots in the prestigious Monmouth County Vo-tech Career Academies. Of those, 18 will be attending High Technology High on the Brookdale Campus, 6 are going to Allied Health and Science in Neptune, 1 is going to Biotechnology High School in Freehold, 1 to Communications High School in Wall Township, and 1 to the Marine Academy of Science & Technology Academy on Sandy Hook. 

The incoming 8th grade class presently numbers 251 students, and is about 15% smaller than the outgoing class. Fluctuations in class size is not unusual, said Board President Barbara Garrity. 

Grace Modla June 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I think my favorite "look" was a young girl who'd worn a purple sparkly dress with high-top Converse sneakers, also purple, if I recall. Wonderful! Kudos to her for marching to her own drum. Glad to hear the good feedback from the Lakeside Manor too. Extra proud!
Michael June 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I for one think that caps and gowns would be a little bit "too much". As much of an accomplishment as it is to graduate middle school the ceremony is more of a transition into the rigorous world of High School and eventually College. The dresses were tasteful what was annoying was the air horns!!!
DPage June 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Grace - That was my Emily!
Grace Modla June 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM
DP, I knew it! She looked absolutely stunning. I love how she did her own thing. Well done to both of you.
Michael June 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Who was blowing the horns???

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