Next Stop High School for Elm's Class of '17

Next Stop High School for Elm's Class of '17

PHOTO: A student celebrates with a classmate during Elm Middle School's May 23 graduation ceremony. Click here for the 2017 Elm graduation photo gallery.


The 8th-grade Class of 2017 — some 220 students strong — said farewell to Elm Middle School in a graduation ceremony held Tuesday, May 23, at Elm Gym.

The students received their diplomas from the District 401 Board of Education as proud family members looked on. A video of the entire ceremony can be found here.

The program began at 6:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Elm student Skylat Perez.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin M. Anderson and Board member Mr. Peter A. Volpe addressed the audience, followed by student speakers Konstance Kakridas, Andrea Ormaza and Maya Wojtowicz.


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student receiving diploma

PHOTO: Board of Education President Mrs. Mary Bruscato congratulates a member of the Class of 2017 during Elm Middle School's May 23 graduation ceremony.


Students Gabriel Garcia and Alexa Duarte received Elm's prestigious Cougar Pride Award, presented each year to two students who display exemplary leadership qualities and who embody the Elm values of kindness, commitment and compassion.

All faculty members are invited to submit nominations; the nominated students are then voted on by the entire faculty. This year 12 students were nominated. The honors were announced by Elm math teacher Mrs. Laura Laux and presented by Assistant Principal Dr. Cody Huisman.

Elm Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca presented the Class of 2017 to the Board, and art teacher Ms. Karen Korteling read each student's name as the 8th graders received their diplomas.

Each student shook hands with Board members Mrs. Mary Bruscato (president), Mrs. Andrea Sciullo (vice president), Mrs. Sue Capraro (secretary), Mr. Frank J. Parisi, Mr. Jonathan Rivera and Mr. Volpe as well as with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Porreca and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade, who will succeed Dr. Anderson as Superintendent on July 1.

Afterward, the new graduates reunited with their families, posed for pictures and enjoyed the moment — a fitting end to two years of hard work by students and parents alike.

Congratulations, Elm Class of '17!


Photos from the 2017 Elm Graduation Ceremony


NOTE: The following photos are also available in a slideshow format, which can be found here. Click any of the photos to see an enlarged view. District 401 photos are by Dave Porreca. Lifetouch photos are used with permission.


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Before the ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Lined upLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students entering Elm GymDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Board of Education and administrators ready for program to beginDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students seatedDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Pledge of AllegianceLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Pledge of AllegianceDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students listening to speakerLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Superintendent Dr. Kevin M. Anderson speakingLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students listening to speakerLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students seated at ceremonyDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Board member Peter A. Volpe speakingLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students listening to speakerLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Konstance Kakridas speakingLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students seated at ceremonyLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students speaking to each other in audienceDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Andrea Ormaza speakingLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students listening to speakerLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Maya Wojtowicz speakingLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students listening to speakerLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Teacher Laura Laux speakingDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Gabriel Garcia approaches the stage to receive his Cougar Pride AwardDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Gabriel Garcia receives his Cougar Pride Award from Assistant Principal Dr. Cody HuismanLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Alexa Duarte approaches the stage to receive her Cougar Pride AwardDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student Alexa Duarte receives her Cougar Pride Award from Assistant Principal Dr. Cody HuismanDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students line up to receive their diplomasDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student returns to his seat after receiving his diplomaDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students line up to receive their diplomasDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student returns to her seat after receiving her diplomaDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students line up to receive their diplomasDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Student returns to his seat after receiving his diplomaDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students waves to her family after she receives her diplomaDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Seated student looks around the audience after receiving his diplomaLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Students seated and smiling after receiving their diplomasLifetouch photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Elm Principal Dr. Kathleen Porreca brings the ceremony to a closeDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Proud family members cheer their students as the ceremony concludesDistrict 401 photo


Elm Graduation 2017 — Proud family members take photos of their students as the ceremony endsDistrict 401 photo


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