BEEKMANTOWN - Embarking on life beyond a small town may be daunting, but it's something Beekmantown Eagles are facing head on as members of the Class of 2010.
Lauryn Menard - one of the featured student speakers at Beekmantown Central School's graduation ceremony June 25 - said she felt sad, in a way, that she and many of her classmates will be leaving the North Country. Moving to a place "where there is more than one stop light within a 6-mile radius" is enough to make anyone nervous, she said.
However, leaving Beekmantown Central behind is not something to lament, said Menard.
"Looking at it as time lost isn't the way to approach it," she said. "We need to take the positive out of the people we have met and the lessons that we have learned from them and our decisions and use them to make something of ourselves. "
"We are grown up now," added Menard, "no matter if we saw this coming or not."
During his speech, student speaker Brett Palmer said he didn't think there were "enough words or time" to describe high school, but said it was a place where you did more than make friends - you expanded your family.
"Whether it be a sports team, a club, a group of friends or maybe a group of 25 students stranded in Europe for two weeks due to a volcano with a name that even after four years of high school I can't pronounce," said Palmer, laughing. "We have all become family."
It felt like only yesterday, said Palmer, that he was sitting in 9th grade listening to upperclassmen tell him how time flies.
"Sitting here today, I couldn't agree more," said Palmer.
Though the class doesn't know where exactly they're going or what they'll face along the way, it doesn't matter, said Palmer.