AMS eighth-grade students promoted, take another step toward future Published June 8, 2009 By Airman Carissa Wolff 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- One hundred and six Andersen Middle School eighth-grade students marched across the Dragon Theater stage in a promotion ceremony today earning them the right to officially call themselves "high schoolers." "We honored and recognized the eighth-graders today during a promotion ceremony for their accomplishments thus far," said Bill Hall, AMS principal. "As of today they are no longer AMS students, but high school students." AMS' eighth-grade promotion ceremony is a tradition that has been held every year since 1997 when the school opened here. According to Mr. Hall, the tradition is one that won't go away anytime soon. "It's very important to uphold this tradition because of its significance," Mr. Hall said. "This ceremony marks the next step in the students' lives. The students will move on to high school and when they graduate, they'll be taking yet another step into their young-adult lives." The AMS students are both a little nervous and very excited about the transition that occurred today. "It's going to be a little weird being the youngest class of students again," said Sydney Short, AMS eighth-grade student. "I can't wait to experience everything high school has to offer. I know it's going to be challenging, but I'm looking forward to it." Reanne Acasio, AMS eighth-grade student, added, "I'm really excited too. I really like the fact that I can choose my own classes. This transition is a big step because we're one step closer to being adults and getting out into the real world."