BEEKMANTOWN - Beekmantown High School's class of 2009 entered high school with a reputation of being troublesome and close knit, along with having many detention referrals under their belts.
"I think we've come a long way," said appointed student speaker Emily Fesette, as she turned to face her classmates during their graduation June 26.
As the class sat in front of the audience, the four appointed student speakers spoke with anecdotes from high school, inside jokes and cheers. The students and faculty members smiled while reminiscing about the past events, not upset about the students' departure, but rejoicing about what the last four years have given them all.
While celebrating, the selected students also took the time to thank everyone who helped make their high school careers a success.
"It takes a community to raise a child," said senior class treasurer Nathan Bull. "We appreciate your nurturing, advising, and compassion throughout our entire high school experience."
"Thank you, once again, for your unfaltering support," said Fesette.
As the four student speakers - who also included senior class president Meaghan LaValley and secretary Christopher Barnes - each took their place at the podium, a pattern arose. According to every student speaker, getting good grades, going on field trips and entering the world completely - or almost - prepared weren't all that made their education at Beekmantown High School so fulfilling.
It was the relationships they obtained, whether with other students, faculty or administration, that will affect them for the rest of their lives, they said.
"I know that, for myself at least, we wouldn't have gotten this far without them," said Fesette.
As Fesette ended her speech addressing all the people she created these relationships with during high school, she summed up the graduation in a happy, but powerful, "bon voyage."