Southwest Academy holds its first 6th Grade Induction


A new tradition has begun at Southwest Academy, a magnet school for science and engineering. On Monday, September 26, the school held its first 6th Grade Induction, and according to Principal Karen Barnes, “It was a smashing success!” All 255 Grade 6 students were formally inducted as the Class of 2014 before an audience of 750 guests at Woodlawn High School.

The program, which is planned to be an annual ceremony, included all incoming students taking a school pledge as well as a presentation by a recent Southwest Academy graduate, Lavonne Murray, who is now a freshman at Milford Mill Academy. Students were also surprised by a videotaped tribute produced by their teachers.


The purpose of the event, said Barnes, was to "formally recognize our Grade 6 students as the promise of the future, to build a sense of community among them, and to motivate them to strive for academic and personal success."

Photos courtesy of Southwest Academy
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