SPMS 8th Grade Promotion 2021 | ‘Rising to the Challenge’

The in-person ceremony on Tuesday brought emotion and laughter

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Hundreds were able to gather in attendance for the first time in two years for the 2021 8th Grade Promotion at South Pasadena Middle School on Tuesday, June 1.

Taking place on the relatively recently revamped fields north of the main campus, socially-distanced pods of chairs to accommodate families were spread across, nearly spanning the entirety of the enormous, artificial turf space.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

As eager parents ready to see their grads take the stage for those momentous seconds were seated, students in their own pods were fastidiously queued up in pairs behind them.

Coordinated to a tee, the ceremony ran smoothly, due largely in part to the many student and teacher volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make it a safe and successful evening.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Powerfully relatable speeches from ASB Officers Benjamin Regan and Elizabeth Mullaly entitled ‘Rising to the Challenge’ and ‘Change’, respectively, both touched upon the inevitable transformations that come with increasing responsibility, the discovery and distinction between one’s past and future self, and the fond memories of SPMS they will carry with them.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Benjamin Regan gives his speech, Rising to the Challenge. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Elizabeth Mullaly gives her speech, Change. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Prinicpal Cheryl Busick, lauded her Tiger Cubs and faculty for adapting to another year fraught with constant shifts and trials. Assuming her new role at SPMS in her first year — after previously serving as Arroyo Vista Elementary’s Principal — she nonetheless immediately fell in love with her new job, assuring that despite the obstacles, the future is looking brighter by the day.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPMS Principal, Cheryl Busick. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Student Holly Lacey gave a top-tier performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on her violin, exhibiting the depth of skill and familiarity of instrument one might expect from a seasoned musician.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Holly Lacey performs the National Anthem. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Adding to the bill that evening were Mullaly accompanied by Maya Proulx, belting out sweet harmonies in a cover of Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart. Lilting melodies and moving lyrics reflected on a pivotal time for soon-to-be Tigers.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Maya Proulx and Elizabeth Mullaly perform Rivers and Roads. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Not to be outdone, but rather complimented by the other performances, student-musicians Trisha Chakraborty and Chaemin Lim took to their clarinet and flute in an awesome display, playing a rendition of Op. 46 No.1: II. Andate Poco Adagio by Kaspar Kummer.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Trisha Chakraborty and Chaemin Lim perform a piece by composer Kaspar Kummer. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

In-line with past ceremonies, SPHS Principal Janet Anderson gave a moving address to the students. Being her last 8th grade promotion, after announcing her planned retirement this August, Anderson reminded the future SPHS students that a school full of people ready to guide them and share new experiences.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Outgoing SPHS Principal, Janet Anderson. 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Congratulations to SPMS Class of 2021 for your perseverance, may it serve you well.

Full story to follow, stay tuned for updates 

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | 8th Grade Promotion for South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 

 

Eric Fabbro is a South Pasadenan whose family goes back to the 1950's. He graduated SPHS 2008, and Art Center College of Design in 2014. His versatile skill-set includes illustration, digital media, graphic design & photography. Eric is the in-house illustrator for The South Pasadenan, and the creator of our South Pasadenan icon logo. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the Los Angeles area.