A new class of Rye Garnets have crossed the stage. On Thursday, the Rye Middle School eighth graders accepted their diplomas, and officially became the Rye High School Class of 2027. Joined by friends, family, teachers, and administrators, the 193 graduates celebrated the accomplishments made during their years at RMS, and enjoyed a send off into high school.
The ceremony started with the Pledge of Allegiance, read by Kristie Orlando, the Rye Middle School assistant principal, and interpreted by RMS ASL students Isabella Biancucci, Kinsey Codispoti, Maria Kostko, Darcy Lawrencw, Fiona McGuigan, Benjamin Musano and Kate Phillips. This reading was followed by the singing of the national anthem, performed by choral students Aileen Dowling, Mia Shimada Ling, Sally Moerschen, Rebecca Philbrick, Anaya Prasad, Ruby Siano and Robyn Wilmot.
Rye Middle School principal Joseph DiGiovanni issued a welcome to the graduates and led an introduction of guests. Jane Anderson, the president of the Board of Education, addressed the graduates on behalf of the Board, following him.
The Rye Rotary Award, an award given to a student who presents exemplary citizenship, was awarded to Rebecca Philbrick.
Musical performances included Unwritten, by Natasha Beingfield, performed by Sally Moerschen, and Part of Your World, sung by Sam Rodriguez.
After the presentation of diplomas, the Eighth grade class was presented by their current principal, Joseph DiGiovanni, and addressed by their future principal, Suzanne Kelly Short.
Here is the Class of 2027:
Jonah Campbell Miller
Gabriel Chared Sandstrom
Alondra Galindo Chacama
Patricia Kate Salvador
Harper Van Maanen