Lake George grads' past experiences have prepared them for future challenges

She said the charitable gift to the foundation would help provide for research, early diagnosis and treatment - all in honor of Goodspeed.

"However large or small your donation is, I can assure you that it will make a difference in someone's life," she said.

Caitlin Tomko, also an Honor student, offered a Class gift of a class portrait to the school and made another presentation to Class Advisor and technology teacher Phil Gengel, praising him for his enthusiasm, hard work, and relentless devotion guiding the students through various activities.

"He can brighten up anyone's day with his upbeat personality and unique sense of humor," she said. "We'll also remember him for his excellent singing voice."

Superintendent of Schools Mary Cahill said that people are in essence the sum of their experiences and the choices they make.

"Our experiences inform and shape our view of the world, the actions we take, our beliefs, and our relationships," she said. "This is just the beginning of a promising future."

Principal Fran Cocozza offered a similar exhortation.

"You truly have the potential for greatness," he said.

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