Morehouse Magnet School held its eighth grade graduation ceremony Tuesday night.

The school currently offers classes for kindergarten through eighth grade. After completing the eighth grade students can transfer to either Bastrop High School, Prairie View Academy or Beekman Charter School within Morehouse Parish. This year was the last year that these eighth graders would be attending the Magnet School.

“The reason we do it is that it's the end of an era for them,” teacher Kathy McCrary said.

Students participated in preparing for the event by helping to decorate, writing some of the poems and one student helped by preparing a song to perform during the ceremony.

Students Brice Dew and Javia Kennedy gave the welcome speeches and Chase Robinson, Ashton Lowery and Taylor Carnes gave the Pledge of Allegiance. Alexis Jones introduced the singer, Mallory Grayson, who sang “I Hope You Dance.”

Students were then recognized for academic achievement as well as their test scores. According to McCrary, all of the eighth graders exceeded the national average on their pre-ACT testing. One student scored higher than any student at the school prior. Out of the 26 students graduating, 16 of them had an honors average GPA which is 3.5 or above.

Jordan Hart, Alexis Gorman and Mandy McMillan performed a poem. Jaia Smith introduced the guest speaker, Neil Vosburg.

Vosburg is a soon-to-be graduate of Louisiana Tech and a former Magnet School student. He talked about some of his experiences in Magnet School as well as in high school and college.

Students were then presented with their certificates, and a slideshow featuring students' pictures was shown. Following the ceremony, there was a reception with cake and a dance.