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Eighth graders from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge schools promoted to high school freshman

PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Lake Oswego Middle School eigth graders are led down the hill from their school during the annual Balloon Crossing ceremony.Lakeridge and Lake Oswego eighth graders recently experienced their own graduation of sorts, as the middle schools sent off the future class of 2023 in promotion ceremonies Friday, June 7.

At Lake Oswego Middle School, eighth graders walked down the hill from their former school and across the street to their new home at Lake Oswego High School, where they were greeted by principal Rollin Dickinson, teachers and staff in an annual celebration known as the "Balloon Crossing."

The rising LOHS freshman were led by Lake Oswego Middle School principal Kevin Mills and assistant principal Jeff Giberson; their path was lined by hundreds of parents and siblings.PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE HOLLEY - Rising LOHS freshmen entered their new school for an assembly welcoming them June 7.

The future LOHS freshmen were then led into the auditorium, where they were greeted by 2019-20 Associated Student Body (ASB) president senior Alicia Lopez and Dickinson, who declared, "We now pronounce you Lakers!"

"We're so excited to have you here, and to welcome you to our school," Dickinson continued. "You're going to be challenged academically, but that's going to come with a lot of support."PMG PHOTO: AVA EUCKER - Lakeridge Middle School eighth graders are cheered on by their younger schoolmates on the last day of school ceremony.

At the same time, Lakeridge Middle School graduates were sent off with an assembly where principal Kurt Schultz wished them well on their transition to Lakeridge High School. Following the assembly, the eighth grade class walked from the portable — which is in use because of the bond-funded rebuild of the middle school, due to be completed by summer 2020 — through the halls of their former school, in what is known as the "Clap Out" ceremony. They were cheered on by teachers, parents, siblings and younger students at the school.

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