Sixty-nine 8th grade students are set to graduate from Northwest Christian Middle School on Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Activity Center at the Upper Campus in Colbert. The middle school graduates will be dressed in formal dresses and elegant suits, but this event is much more than a mere formality.

“The traditional 8th grade graduation at NWC is a rite of passage for our middle school students,” said NWC middle school principal Dave Jennings. “The formal setting helps to emphasize the milestone that the students have achieved in completing kindergarten through 8th grade. The diploma students receive signifies that they are prepared for high school.”

This year’s ceremony is especially significant because it celebrates the first graduating class who attended three years (6th – 8th grade) at Northwest Christian’s new Lower Campus. “This class has demonstrated servant-leadership to the younger students on campus,” said Jennings. “We are very proud of these students.”

Eighth grade valedictorians are Tessa Cox, Gunnar Kuehl, Jordan Rabe, and Grace Ammon. The valedictorians will each address the graduating class, and receive an engraved medal. Each valedictorian has a three-year middle school G.P.A. of 4.0.

Principal Dave Jennings and NWC teachers Tim Hansen, Christina Hilderbrand, and Janet Sexton will address the class, and special character awards will also be given to students who have best exemplified the character of Christ during their years in middle school.