TUPELO – Milam School sent its sixth-graders off with a promotion ceremony Thursday.

The students were given their awards and a certificate of completion after walking across the stage.

Sixth-grader Marlene Castillo said she is excited about graduating, but she enjoyed Milam School.

“I’ve got to get better at subjects I have trouble with,” Castillo said.

Another graduate, Nilyne Knowles, said she was excited to say the pledge during the ceremony (they recited both the Pledge of Allegiance and the Milam Pledge) and is looking forward to meeting new teachers at the middle school.

Paul Moton, Milam’s principal, said this ceremony is a tradition that has been going on for years. It previously happened over the span of three days, but they decided to make it a one-day event.

Ceremonies occurred at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m so that all family members could attend on one day to see the kids graduate.

Moton said he is proud of this group of graduates.

“This group of kids is probably the best group of kids that I have ever been affiliated with in terms of academics, in terms of behavior, in terms of goal setting,” Moton said. “Tupelo Middle School and Tupelo High School should be absolutely astounded about what they’re about to get.”

He said the kids love the ceremony. They call each new step “one mile,” and this was one of those steps.

“We have so many different acronyms for what we are, and they embrace it,” Moton said.

With the children moving on to middle school, they will complete another mile.

Graduate Jamya Isby said her family was in the audience to support her, and she is excited to meet her new teachers next year.

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