A color-coded sea of students flooded the North Shore High School gymnasium last Friday for the annual Moving Up Day ceremony. Each grade was dressed in their respective class color: the seniors in white, the juniors in yellow, the sophomores in blue, and the freshman in green. Faculty, teachers and parents watched dotingly from the stands as the students found their seats.
Class officers from each grade presented a slideshow documenting the past school year in pictures and videos, which were submitted by students. Certain students were honored with awards in academic achievement and community service, and yearbook members unveiled the new design of the 2018 Taliesin.
The students then engaged in a weaving processional, which symbolized moving up from one grade to the next. Once the seniors were poised on risers at the front of the gym, the junior class dedicated a tribute song to the class of 2018 from the seniors’ seats. The graduating class responded to the tribute with their own musical medley.
The highly anticipated “tapping ceremony” concluded Moving Up day, which entails the selection of a senior by a recipient of the F. Remington Furlong Faculty Honor Award. For many years, this award has been presented to a senior who best exemplifies the highest qualities of the North Shore student, with particular emphasis placed on the student’s contributions to the school and the community. This year’s recipient was Sea Cliff resident Zoe Malin.
A recessional pushed the crowds of Vikings young and old out into the high school courtyard for a special carnival. At this time, students were given their yearbooks, and took the sunny afternoon to sign each other’s copies with well wishes and fond memories from their time at North Shore.