On Friday, June 14, 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 twenty-three fifth graders and two early-admission fourth graders represented Waterside's fourteenth graduating class.
In keeping with school tradition, awards were presented throughout the ceremony, including medals to acknowledge students who were "Homework Shining Stars" this year. Emilia Angelov won Waterside's most distinguished award, the "Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the school's commitment to academic achievement and strong character.
Parent Council President Ana Polanco presented the school with a check for $40,000, all of which came from fundraisers led by Waterside families. The fifth grade graduates then reflected upon their time at Waterside, emphasizing their goal to "Wear the Waterside W" with pride and promising to represent the school wherever they may go. The students expressed their sincerest gratitude to Mr. Kruger and Mr. Edwards for their vision, as well as to Mr. Keels, Ms. Visage, and their teachers for they leadership and guidance.
In addition to the graduates' reflections, Alexis DuPree, a member of Waterside's Class of 2010 and a rising sophomore at Clark Atlanta University, gave an inspiring commencement address. Alexis urged the graduates to stay true to themselves, to remember their roots, and to continue to practice integrity, hard work, commitment, and faith. This fall, Waterside's class of 2019 will matriculate at some of the finest and most competitive schools in the area. Still, it was clear from the graduates' thoughtful reflections that they will always be thankful for the support and foundation that Waterside has afforded them.