Eighth Grade marks the end, for most of the students, of nine years at St. Veronica Catholic School. This is a time of excitement and uncertainty. They have on foot out the door, ready for moving on, yet one foot is anchored in the familiar. But the months fly by and things change. They are finally the oldest in their school families, and they are the ones everyone relies on. If a teacher or staff member needs something done, they call on an eighth grader. The whole year is unique. To mark this special time, the students design their own eighth grade sweatshirts. Everyone seems to be preparing high school applications, getting ready for finals and taking them. Everything is “hurry up and wait” – for the year book, the graduation dance, for the parties, for the graduation Mass with the whole school watching, for the graduation ceremony, and finally, for saying good-bye to the place that has been “home” for so long.