On Friday, June 17, Waterside School held its most special event of the year: Stepping Up and Graduation. Students from all classes were officially promoted to the next grade level, and seventeen fifth graders represented Waterside’s seventeenth graduating class. It was a particularly moving occasion, as it was the first time since 2019 that the School was able to honor all of its students together in one ceremony.
In keeping with tradition, the fifth grade graduates reflected upon their time at Waterside, emphasizing their goal to carry the Waterside commitment wherever they go. The Kruger Cup- the School’s most prestigious award- was then presented to fifth grader Breanna Newsome. This award recognizes a graduate who embodies the School’s commitment to academic achievement and character development, and Newsome was met with a standing ovation.
In addition to the graduates’ reflections, former Waterside science teacher John Buchmelter- affectionately known to all as Mr. B- gave an inspiring commencement address. Mr. B urged the graduates to work hard every single day, to find ways to give back to their community, and to stay true to remember their roots as they go on to their next schools. This fall, Waterside’s class of 2022 will matriculate at the finest independent schools in the area, all with scholarships. Still, it was clear from the graduates’ thoughtful reflections that they will always be thankful for the support and foundation that Waterside has given them.