District 58 bids adieu to eighth graders

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 congratulates O’Neill Middle School and Herrick Middle School eighth graders on their promotion to high school! The schools held Promotion Ceremonies on Monday, June 4 evening at Downers Grove South High School.

O’Neill’s Promotion Ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance by Student Council Vice President Ashley Reynolds and a promotion speech, titled “Keep Dreaming,” by Student Council President Deanna Eslit.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli presented the Pride of O’Neill certificates to Sean Carlson and Deanna Eslit. Ed Ludwig of the American Legion presented this year’s American Legion Awards to Katrina Carlson and Matthew Kuntaras.

Herrick Middle School’s Promotion Ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Class of 2018 Address by Eighth Grade Student Katelyn Gross.

The American Legion’s Ed Ludwig was joined by Social Studies Teacher Jay Swanstrom to present this year’s American Legion Awards to Gabriella Frank and Andrew Marron. ELA Teacher Megan Winthrop and Math Teacher Julie Frank presented the Barb Blumenschein Awards to Jack Derbis, Collin Nuttall, Melissa Parkinson and Madeline Riske. This special award is named in honor of former beloved Herrick teacher Barb Blumenschein, who passed away in 2005.