Ocean: Earlier gray skies cleared as Ocean’s Eight Grade students marched onto Albert F. Carelli Field at the high school for the graduation ceremony that marks the end of grammar school. Students from Ocean Township will be attending one of dozen high schools in the area next year - in about 78 days, but who's counting?
Superintendent John Lysko reminded the red-garbed Spartan students that in September they will continue their next steps in education with a firm foundation they have gotten from the support of their loving parents and caring teachers. “It is now time to take yourself seriously,” he said, adding they should cherish their friends, respect their teachers and accept personal responsibility for themselves. That theme continued with the Eighth Grade Chorus’s rendition of “Born To Be Somebody”, directed by Mrs. Carla Johnson.
Principal Larry Kostula congratulated the graduates for their successes, including their community service projects, their success in sports, and with a special note to their anti-bullying campaign. He reminded the students that “Character is what you exercise when no one is watching.”
He extended the school’s congratulations to the high school “Class of 2016” to a cheering audience.
Students will continue on to the following high schools in September: