CROWN POINT - It was a great ride for the Crown Point Central School Class of 2009.
From kindergarten to the graduation, the class has enjoyed every minute if it, according to Mac Kiely, salutatorian.
"One of the things that made our class so great was that we always had fun," Kiely said at commencement exercises June 26. "No matter what the situation we always made the best of it."
"I'll always remember kindergarten graduation, getting up on the stage and singing Apples and Bananas," he added. "I'll always remember sixth grade graduation when Ian (LaBounty) fell off the back of the stage. You can laugh all you want but the reason he fell off was because every time he got up to get an award and sat back down his chair moved back just a little."
Kiely went on to recount memorable experiences throughout his school career.
"I'll always remember our junior prom and the week of decorating, laughing and drama that took place before it." Kiely said. "I'll always remember going to Binghamton for the (state tournament) Final Four in baseball. We didn't win but it's an experience I will never forget. I'll always remember the senior trip and staying up all night for no reason. Then going to Six Flags the next day and wanting to pass out the whole time. It just made the rides that much better."
"Most of all, though, I will never forget my classmates," Kiely concluded. "I realize now that each interaction I have had with you guys has affected me in some way or another. All of these interactions have helped to make me who I am today; and I am better because of it. I only hope that the impact that I have had on all of you has been as great as the one you have all had on me."
Ian LaBounty, class valedictorian, also spoke at the graduation ceremony.\
The event included the traditional presentation of flowers to graduates by family members as well as the presentation of awards and diplomas.