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'A new chapter'

Eighth-graders become Lakers after walking across Country Club Road during annual balloon crossing ceremony on Friday

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Oswego Junior High School Principal Robert Caplinger leads eighth-grade finishers across Country Club Road to Lake Oswego High during the annual balloon crossing last Friday.REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Incoming LOHS ninth-graders beam during the balloon crossing.Hundreds of rising eighth-graders marched across Country Club Road on Friday, passing under a red-and-white balloon arch at the edge of the road that leads to Lake Oswego Junior High.

It was the last day of school, and the students were on their way to Lake Oswego High School, where they would walk under a blue-and-white balloon arch to enter Laker territory. After the balloon crossing, they were headed to an assembly introducing them to LOHS, the school most of them will be attending in the fall.

“We’re turning to a new chapter in our lives, and it’s very exciting,” said Ellie Yarbrough, an incoming LOHS freshman.

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - New Lakers wave to family and friends as the procession makes its way across Country Club Road.Proud family members clustered on the LOHS side of the street, flashbulbs lighting up and cameras clicking as they snapped pictures of the grand procession. Police stopped traffic, and the clouds that loomed above held in their rain drops.

“I just think this is awesome, though we were a little teary-eyed,” said Sami Tucker, whose granddaughter Kiera Bertell was in the procession. The whole family was in good spirits.

“Very happy,” said Kiera’s mom, Patricia Forrest.

Once the future Lakers reach LOHS during the annual rite of passage, they gather in the gym to meet student leaders, staff, teachers and administrators with whom they will be rubbing elbows for the next four years.

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Students cheered and were full of last-day-of-school spirit.Outgoing Lakeridge Junior High Principal Robert Caplinger, who is leaving for a job in Arizona, honored the kids’ accomplishments by having them stand if they participated in sports, played an instrument, were on the honor roll, were in leadership or had other accomplishments. Several school employees and students spoke, offering advice and encouragement.

“Enjoy your summer, but when you come back, be ready to work and stay organized,” said Brian Crawford, an assistant principal.

“Work on doing something different than you’ve done before,” suggested Ryan Rosenau, an incoming assistant principal.

Rising senior Keon Feldsien said high school is what you make of it.

“These next four years are truthfully a journey of finding yourself,” Feldsien said.

And then came the moment of truth, as incoming LOHS Principal Rollin Dickinson addressed the crowd. (Dickinson replaces Cindy Schubert, who is retiring June 30.)

“I now declare you Lakers,” he said.

By Jillian Daley
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REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Relatives and friends shot photos galore during the balloon-crossing ceremony.

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Students were afforded the chance to meet Rollin Dickinson, who officially will be the LOHS principal on July 1.

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - During an assembly after the crossing, students responded differently to encouragement and advice. From left: Henry Kautto, Jessica Lion and Raeka McDaniel.