St. Mary eighth grade students refine their study skills during the year in preparation for high school.  They are paired with kindergarten students for their prayer partners and serve as leaders for the school.  Students grow in their faith by participating in an overnight retreat.  The year includes a field trip to see A Christmas Carol after reading Dickens's story.  In January, eighth graders journey to Washington, D. C. to participate in the March for Life and see the nation's capital.  Traditional end-of-the-year ceremonies include Ribbon Ceremony, Awards Night, and the Graduation Mass.