The class of 2019Bailey Elementary fifth graders celebrate graduation June 5 and their futures.
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
“As we go on we remember all the times we had to together and as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be friends forever” – Vitamin C “Graduation (Friends Forever)”
Those words escorted Bailey Elementary’s 124 fifth graders as they made their final walk last week during the school’s fifth grade graduation ceremony.
The ceremony, held Tuesday, June 5, comprised of staff speeches and students singing a variety of popular songs, with revised lyrics about school, such as “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas and the theme from the “Addam’s Family.”
“The end of the year is always bittersweet,” fifth grade teacher Michelle Heller said.
Fifth grade teacher Nicci Pribyl mirrored Heller’s sentiments by saying the end of the year is both happy and sad.
“It’s great to see how far they’ve grown over the past year,” she said, “but, it’s sad that this is the last time we’re going to see most of them.”
Both Pribyl and Heller said the fifth graders are ready to move on to middle school next year.
“They’re ready to go on and do great thing,” Pribyl said.
Fifth grade brought about a lot of memories for the students including field trips, the annual History Fest and the many friends made.
“What I like about fifth grade is that it was wonderful,” fifth grader Lemuel Samuel said. “I think it was the best grade that I’ve ever had – I’ve had a lot of fun.”
Fifth grade also taught students a lot of new things.
Fifth graders Blair Weber and Jacob Wittman said their favorite thing that they learned this year was in social studies when they were able to study the many world wars.
For fifth grader Gabby Franus her favorite thing was learning about Molly Pitcher, the woman who is said to have fought in the American Battle of Monmouth.
Math has always been a highlight for fifth grader Linnea Yacoveloa and that did not change in fifth grade, she said.
The highlight for Samuel was learning about silent film actor Charlie Chaplin.
“He’s mostly my role model,” he said.
This year’s fifth graders have a wide range of ideas of what they want their futures to be, but two careers that were popular among this year’s students are actor and professional athlete.
Samuel, Franus and Yacoveloa all said that they hope to become professional actors in the future.
“It’s a great way to express how you feel,” Franus said.
Samuel said he wants to be an actor because of the benefits.
“You get paid a lot of money,” he said. “You get to be on T.V. and in movies and everyone loves you.”
Samuel’s favorite actor is Charlie Chaplin, Franus’ favorite actor is Josh Hutchinson and Yacoveloa’s favorite actor is Jennifer Lawrence.
Yacoveloa also said if she doesn’t make it as an actor, she’d want to be a singer.
“I love singing and I think it can take you far in life,” she said.
Yacoveloa said her favorite musician is Coldplay.
Weber and Wittman could find themselves on opposing sides if their dreams comes true since both want to play professional sports, specifically football.
“I like tackling people,” both Wittman and Weber said.
Whereas Weber’s favorite team is the Green Bay Packers, Wittman is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
Heller and Pribyl said students can achieve their life goals by staying organized, keeping on top of their schoolwork, doing their best and being who they are.
“Continue to follow your dreams,” Heller said. “They need to find what they are passionate about and they’ll do great.”