PORT HENRY - The Class of 2009 leaves Moriah Central School with wonderful memories.
That was the message of Courtney Waldron, valedictorian, as she addressed her classmates during graduation ceremonies June 26.
"It seems like yesterday that our parents sent us through those MCS doors for the very first time, not knowing at the time what kind of people we would grow up to be or what kind of friends we may have," Waldron said. "What they did know was that the memories we would make along the way, would last us a lifetime."
At the top of those memories is Moriah's football success last fall, reaching the state championship game.
"One (memory) that will forever stand out in my mind and the minds of so many others is the journey that the 2008 Moriah Vikings football team took to the Carrier Dome, and undefeated at that," Waldron said. "I think that the class of 2009 has forever left our mark on MCS and we will go out and leave our mark on the world."
Moriah's graduating seniors have high hopes, she said.
"Our class has such big aspirations," Waldron remarked. "You may meet people along the way who may try to bring you down but Dr. Seuss once said, 'Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' So I'm challenging all you future doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, architects, and everybody in between, go out into the world and leave your mark. Be proud of who you are and be yourself. If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.
"I leave you today with this advice, a quote from the movie Hitch; 'Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away'," Waldron said. "I wish the best of luck to the class of 2009. And by the way tradition never graduates."
Salutatorian Sherri Guffey and honor student Brennan Thierry also addressed the gathering.
The graduation ceremony included the presentation of awards and degrees.