Moving Up Day, a Baldwinsville tradition 33 years in the making, was celebrated May 25 during an outdoor ceremony held in the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
The Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation awarded $124,200 in scholarships. An additional $51,600 in other scholarships were awarded including the John Arcaro Memorial Scholarship (Mitch Collins), Senior Class Award (Elizabeth Johnson and Nicole Wooley), Yvonne Ahokovi Memorial scholarship (Justin Henry) and the Marilyn Sweete Memorial Outstanding Teen Volunteer of the Year Award (Samantha Miner). In all, 186 scholarships were awarded at the annual ceremony.
One of the most prestigious honors awarded at the ceremony, an appointment and full scholarship to West Point Academy, went to senior Jeremy Boltus, who is the fourth student in six years to receive the appointment.
The ceremony began with Olivia Cambs leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the National Anthem sung by Jessica Ferlenda. Danielle Mendiola, president of Baker High School's student council, then addressed her classmates, staff members, family members and other guests at the ceremony. Later in the morning Mendiola received a scholarship from Wegman's.
As the ceremony came to a close, Cambs led the students in the traditional "moving up" exercise. The seniors, who were seated in the center of the audience, cheered as the rose and exited the stadium. The juniors were then granted permission to move to the senior's section symbolizing their advancement to their senior year, and the sophomores moved to the junior's section.