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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 19, 2014
BHCS promotes 28 eighth grade students
“Spicy” class celebrated

BHCS celebrates 2014 graduates

The eighth grade class at Blue Hill Consolidated School,who graduated on June 17, 2014. Front row, from left: Austin Reynolds, Alec Cole, Payson Allen, Peyton Cole, Ben Cole, Hunter Dorr, Dylan Nason, Gavin Mote and Gavin Browne. Back row, from left: Autumn Moore, Matilda Marsh, Katie Shweizer, Elinor Haldane, Douglas Veazie, Adam Joseph Norwood, Taylor Astbury, Isla Brownlow, Stefan Simmons, Sandra Bock, Matthew Billings, Brianna McNeil, Alex Sherwood, Kara Morrison, Mary Richardson, Ellie Gellerson, Mazie Smallidge, Kessler Parrott and Montana van Duijn.

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by Jessica Brophy

“Every class has its own flavor,” said seventh and eighth grade science teacher Nell Herrmann at Blue Hill Consolidated School’s eighth grade promotion ceremony on Tuesday, June 17.

“I would describe the class of 2014 as ‘spicy,’” she said. The class is full of athletes, musicians, actors, scientists, diplomats, philosophers, leaders and artists, she continued. “You name it, we’ve got it.”

The talents of the diverse class were on display during the ceremony, which featured singing, a piano piece, a guitar duet, poetry, a jazz band performance and many hugs and smiles.

Principal Della Martin welcomed family and friends to the celebration, and then the members of the class introduced each other, using words like “best friend,” “funny,” “quiet,” “smart,” and more.

Students Taylor Astbury and Elinor Haldane then offered a thank you to parents and families and to the staff, particularly middle school teachers Vicki Davis, Kyle Snow, Anita Black and Herrmann.

The students with the top three averages for the school year won awards: First, Ellie Gellerson; second, Kara Morrison and third, Isla Brownlow.

State Rep. Ralph Chapman (D-Brooksville) presented the Secretary of State 8th Grade Citizenship award to Ellie Gellerson.

The Ramasoc Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded an American History award to Kara Morrison and a good citizenship award to Doug Veazie.

Seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher Anita Black shared memories of sleeping in a cow stall in a tent in the cold and dark. “I’ll never visit the Blue Hill fair—especially the cows—without thinking of that,” she said.

Black said she was “very proud of the people you have become.”

Herrmann also praised the class as the celebration closed, particularly for “the kindness you show to one another. You’re a community, even a family, and I’ve been happy to be a part of it.”

“My hope is that you continue to hold onto each other.”