What a wonderful evening at Northport! Our 8th graders are leaving the nest and moving on to high school. They have done the work, achieved success and are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. The evening began with the SLW Centennial JROTC unit posting the colors in a spectacular showcase.

Principal, Glenn Rustay and Assistant Principals Lisa Cash and Mehgan Drost welcomed hundreds of parents, grandparents and friends to the event. Fellow 8th grade student Emmalyne Lewis welcomed her fellow classmates to enjoy each moment and to look forward to the future and all the successes that will come. The keynote speaker was St. Lucie School Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills. Dr. Mills is a favorite at Northport and can always be called on to encourage, share stories of success, motivate and prod every student to excel and find their passion. She gave a wonderful and thought-provoking talk about pulling yourself up, having the grit to achieve and get the job done. She is awesome!

Students received their diplomas from their team leaders and shook hands with Northport administration as well as Dr. Mills. It was a lovely celebration of achievement and pride for families, teachers and students. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer and will always be checking on our students as they move on to another exciting chapter in their lives. They are very well prepared!