MINEVILLE - Moriah Central School's Class of 2010 will face obstacles in life, but that's no reason for failure.
Tom Tesar, class valedictorian, urged his fellow graduates to forge ahead with their dreams despite struggles during commencement exercises June 25.
"One of the best coaches in any sport of all-time, and college basketball legend, John Wooden, once said, 'Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out'," Tesar said. "I guess what I'm trying to say is, it does not matter if you're at the peak of the highest mountain or in the pits of the deepest valley, keep your head high and make the best of the situation.
"I wish you all the best of luck, and I hope you have the strength, the courage and the determination to pursue your dreams in the future, as we enter the next chapter in our lives," he said.
But as Moriah graduates move ahead, Tesar said they should cherish the memories of school and classmates.
"Over the course of the years, I have been fortunate enough to establish relationships with many of the students, if not all of them, here today," he said. "No matter where we all end up in life, I will never forget the faces I encountered while attending this school.
"There is an old saying that goes, 'A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever'," Tesar continued. "All of the memories I have had while attending this school may have happened in just seconds, but the memories will always be a part of me.
"My final memory while attending this school will be me sitting on this stage, with all of my classmates, receiving our diplomas and beginning the next chapter in our lives," he said.
The Moriah graduation ceremony also included remarks by Principal Kathy Carr, Salutatorian John Petro and guest speaker David Guay as well as the presentation of many scholarships and awards. There were also musical selections by student musicians and graduate Blaise Bryant sang the national anthem.
The Moriah Class of 2010 had 43 members.