It was a bittersweet night, full of tears and laughter, as 75 eighth-graders said their farewells at Norwalks All Saints Catholic School on Wednesday. Some had just joined the graduating class this year, and some have been there at least nine years, having attended since kindergarten or preschool. After a prayer service and the presentation of scholarships and academic awards, the graduates and their families enjoyed a reception and recalled their time together.
"It's hard to imagine being separated from my classmates next year," Jessica Coutler was quoted as saying in a statement describing the schools 22nd graduation ceremonies. "But I know that the experience that I've had at All Saints will prepare me for high school and beyond. Being in the school for nine years has given me not only a strong educational foundation but also a very strong relationship with God. I am going to miss being in the wonderful caring environment of All Saints, as well as the caring faculty who have helped guide me since kindergarten."
The graduates now go their separate ways. They are continuing their education at a variety of high schools, including Fairfield Prep, Trinity Catholic, Notre Dame, Lauralton Hall, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Norwalk High School, Brien McMahon High School, Wilton High School, Staples High School and St. Joseph's High School.
Monsignor Walter Orlowski, priest-president of All Saints, welcomed the students to the graduation. All Saints Catholic School is located at 139 W. Rocks Road.
"Our students are well prepared to attend any high school, public or private. We know that the combination of strong academics and the spiritual and moral foundation they have received at All Saints will stay with them for the rest of lives," said Nancy DiBuono, principal.
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