PLATTSBURGH - The long road that has led the Saranac High School's class of 2009 to graduation is one class leaders hope will bring them to many more successes in the future.
One hundred forty-seven members of the graduating class entered the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House June 26, with heads held high as they prepared to receive diplomas marking their accomplishments.
Valedictorian Brianna Boliver congratulated her fellow graduates though admitted she was struck by the fact graduation would likely be one of the last times they would all be together as a group.
"Some of us will join the work force, some will enter the Armed Forces, and others will go off to college," said Boliver.
Regardless of which path each graduate chooses, said Boliver, the educations received at Saranac High School and experiences had there are ones they will carry with them for a lifetime.
"We have been well prepared to meet these challenges by our parents, teachers, coaches, and also by our hard work. The work we have done at Saranac has prepared us for whatever we may choose to pursue," said Boliver. "We are all more than ready to make our own unique trail in life and to pursue our own goals."
Boliver quoted the words of philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
"My fellow classmates, now is the time for us to go our own ways and pursue our dreams," she said. "Try not to aim for the stereotypical expectations that others may have of us, but shoot for your own dreams and then try to achieve them. You have the knowledge and capability to accomplish many exceptional feats. Your families, teachers, friends, and community expect nothing less than your absolute best in all of your endeavors."