The Mexico Middle School students completed their middle school years Wednesday night with the promotion to high school. The ceremony was held in the Sports Complex at Mexico High School.

MMS Principal Deb Hill-Haag welcomed those attending and introduced eighth-grade students Terrell Williams and Anna Fairchild who presented promotion etiquette.

Superintendent of Schools Kevin Freeman, addressed the students encouraging them to think about their careers and how to earn scholarships when they become seniors. He also encouraged them to be involved. "Take advantage of what Mexico High School has to offer you." He also told the parents to teach their children to be involved.

MMS Assistant Principal Ed Costley introduced the guest speaker, Officer Kevin Patrick, parent of Cierra Patrick, School Resource Office, Mexico Public Safety. "KP" as the students call him joined Mexico Public Safety in 2004. In December 2012 he became the resource officer for elementary schools. In March 2013 he began as resource officer for the middle school and high school.

Patrick told the students they will spend approximately one year and nine months of school days in high school and the time will go fast.

He encouraged them to consider their grades daily. He made reference to the nearly $700,000 in scholarship money presented to the senior class of 2017. "Make sure you are prepared to earn your portion of the $700,000. Divide that number by the students in here this evening and you are looking at about $4,500 a student. That goes a long way," Patrick said.

He also touched on what Freeman said about being involved. "You will make memories that will last a lifetime," he said. "Mexico High School offers so many different classes, clubs, and opportunities to get involved including choir, theater, speech and band," Patrick stated. He also urged them to get involved in their freshman class.

He told the students to dream big. "Work hard to make your dreams come true, as it will take hard work. It will not be given to you, so dream big, shoot for the moon, even if you fall short you are going to land among the stars," said Patrick.

He told the students to always work hard and be positive. He stated that after four years at MHS they will have kids looking up to them as former graduates of Mexico. He also told them they have some of the most wonder teachers in the district sitting with them.

"So class of 2021 enjoy this evening you earned it."

Hill-Haag gave the closing remarks and said the staff at Mexico Middle School will be looking for each and everyone of them to walk across the stage at Hawthorne Heights in 2021.

The eighth-grade choir sang the National Anthem at the beginning after the students entered the gym. The also sang "Like an Eagle."