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Eighth graders off to high school following promotion ceremony

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A screen welcomes attendees to Dickson's 8th grade promotion ceremony
Woodland Hills School District
Congratulations to the Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy Class of 2023 and the Woodland Hills High School future Class of 2027 for their promotion from eighth grade! The students received their promotion certificates Tuesday evening at a ceremony that featured former Steelers player Trey Edmunds.
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Congratulations to the Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy Class of 2023 and the Woodland Hills High School future Class of 2027 for their promotion from eighth grade!
 
The eighth graders and their families gathered at the high school on Tuesday evening for a promotion ceremony that took place in the auditorium. Along with their promotion certificates, several students were recognized for their academic excellence in specific categories.
 
Amelia Kautza and Jayden Jones were recognized for excellence in Geometry and Math; Shawn Saunders for Science, Zyla Clark for Algebra I, Nayvi Edwards for U.S. History, Alaya Sullivan for Honors English, Cora Spear for Science, Niyah Brown for French I, Noelle Brubaker for Spanish I, Olivia Safran for Chorus, Aubree Alton for Band, Sanai Hamilton for Orchestra, and Diarah White for Literary Studies.
 
Following a congratulatory message from Dickson principal Ms. Kristin Scott, guest speaker Trey Edmunds shared a message that drew from his days of being a professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and a star college athlete at Virginia Tech. Mr. Edmunds said that until a severe injury in college, he had not experienced adversity. He always assumed that goals were automatically achieved.
 
The lengthy recovery process opened Mr. Edmunds' eyes to the challenges others face, including self-doubt, depression, and more. But he reminded the students that there is more than one path to their goals. They are the authors of their own stories, he said, and they will be the ones to determine what their futures hold.
 
Congratulations once more to all of the eighth graders.