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Troy Howard eighth graders receive ovation at drive-through promotion

posted Jun 8, 2020, 1:12 PM by Christine Guerette
By Kendra Caruso | Jun 08, 2020
Photo by: Kendra CarusoTroy Howard Middle School Vice Principal Alta Seekins, right, hands an eighth grader a certificate of promotion June 4.

BELFAST — The coronavirus may have taken away the traditional promotion to high school for Troy Howard Middle School’s eighth graders, but that did not stop faculty from sending them off with a drive-through promotion on the second-to-last day of the school year.

Faculty and Waldo County YMCA staff helped plan the event that brought lines of decorated cars around the school building in parade-like fashion while teachers and staff cheered students on. They stopped at the front of the school, where Principal Bruce Bailey and Vice Principal Alta Seekins handed students their certificates.

Eighth grade social studies teacher Guy Hamlin said many of his students miss school and struggle with being socially isolated. He said it’s been difficult for them to learn from home, but he thinks meaningful learning still happened.

“I’ve been teaching school for 30 years and it’s seldom heard that students say ‘I really miss school,’” he said.

Nearly all the school’s 120 eighth graders showed up to receive their certificates. Those who did not receive their certificates at the event will get them with yearbooks the school is sending out to all eighth graders.

Seekins said some people think the event is “the way of the future.” She said it is always important to recognize accomplishments and this class is the first to finish the school year with remote learning.

“They are an awesome group, they hung in there through a crazy spring,” Bailey said. “We’re so glad we could do something to see them off.”

Troy Howard Middle School students ride in a van around the school to receive eighth grade promotion certificates June 4. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
THMS Assistant Principal Alta Seekings, right, hands an eighth grade student a promotion certificate May 4 at the school's drive-through celebration. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
A Troy Howard Middle School student holds her eighth grade promotion certificate June 4 at the school's drive-through celebration. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Students and faculty line up at Troy Howard Middle School June 4 for a drive-through eighth grade promotion celebration. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
An eighth grade Troy Howard Middle School student holds a sign that says 'BAHS or bust' June 4 during the school's drive-through eighth grade promotion celebration. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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