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Class of 2009 prepared to meet the future

It also featured remarks by Emily Whitney, class salutatorian, who noted the Class of 2009 had established a reputation.

"We work together, we welcome new people, we bicker, we laugh, we cry, we love, we are THAT class and we are family," she noted.

Schroon Lake school is a close, but welcoming community, she noted.

"I know this first hand," Whitney said. "In seventh grade, I moved here from Singapore, and even though Schroon Lake Central School was much smaller than my previous one, it was still intimidating being the new kid. But that intimidation soon vanished when I was quickly absorbed into the crowd.

"There are certain members of the class that have been together since kindergarten and share 13 years of memories," she continued. "Even though my memories only go back six (years), I feel as if I was there all along."

Whitney recalled the death of a teacher's spouse two years ago and the student reaction.

"I knew we had to do something," she said. "So everyone in the art class, began to paint a muriel. It didn't take long before the entire class was in the art room helping in whatever way possible. Our love for our art teacher shown through our muriel will never end and shows the compassion our class possesses."

Art teacher Anne Gregson, who is retiring this year, also spoke, thanking students and the community for their support.

Whitney concluded, "As I look back through the years, all I can think about is how this one chapter of our life is over. And as tears come to my eyes I must remind myself that a new one has yet to begun. So I tell you now, don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

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