Audrey Carver, eighth-grade valedictorian, talks about the good times at Idyllwild School and the excitement of new beginnings during the eighth-grade promotion ceremony at the gym Wednesday evening, May 29. Photos by Barbara Reese

Micah Hitchcock is all smiles as he and fellow students file out of the Idyllwild School gym after the eighth-grade promotion ceremony Wednesday evening.

Eighth-graders begin their trek into the Land of Oz after their promotion, and the eating, dancing and fun begin.

The first dance of the eighth-grade dance and the kids crowd the floor, playing with balloons, laughing, talking and dancing in the Land of Oz.