photos by Dana Gray
It seems impossible that our oldest grandchild Karter will be entering high school in 3 months.
My, how time does fly when you're having fun! Karter has brought so much joy to our family in the almost 14 years he's been in our lives.
The final month of his 8th-grade school career was a busy, wonderful, honor-filled one for Karter.
May began with Shenandoah Middle School's traditional 8th-grade trip to Washington, DC.
Seems I always find Karter surrounded by girls...I don't know if that's his doing or theirs...
Kristoffer (a huge history buff!) and Dana accompanied Karter and his classmates on the trip.
I'm really glad they were there to witness a great honor he was given: by virtue of his #1 rank in his social studies class, Karter was chosen to lead the laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Perfectly in step with the guard...
I've witnessed my own children participating in this ceremony, and it is a solemn, emotional experience. Quite an honor to be chosen to represent the class!
Soon after he got back from DC, Karter was awarded the MVP for the middle school boys' track team.
And then just a few days later, Karter was inducted into the Shenandoah Middle School National Junior Honor Society.
No surprise here...he is so deserving!
With a few of his friends who were also inducted...
His friend Lily asked Karter to go to the 8th grade dance with her (and a group of friends)...why not?
(Yes, I know a dance does not qualify as an "accolade," but I had to throw in this special event!)
They clean up pretty well!
Yay!!! We're outta middle school!
And the last day of school, Karter raked in the awards...
...including being chosen by the teachers for the coveted Outstanding 8th Grade Boy award.
Super proud of him!!!
What a great way to move onto high school!
May was definitely Karter Month! Highlighted by so many...