Schools across the region held commencement ceremonies for their 2010 graduates last weekend, ma rking a major milestone for young men and women and the communities in which they have grown.
The gymnasium at AuSable Valley Central School was packed June 26 as the community honored the 99 graduates of the Class of 2010.
Salutatorian Ryan Blaise encouraged his classmates to take what they have learned at AuSable Valley and use it to their advantage as they pursue their goals.
"It was by no accident that the events which occurred during the past four years did," said Blaise. "There was a design, one that has revealed to us the most important ideals for a successful future, which include studying hard to do well academically, working continuously to excel athletically, and being sufficiently earnest and trustworthy to confide in fellow classmates, creating friendships to last a lifetime."
Daniel Dohman, the class valedictorian, said he felt humbled to be chosen to speak in front of his fellow graduates.
"This class is really a remarkable group of individuals," said Dohman. "They are blessed with countless talents and qualities, and these are things that a numerical grade will never be able to measure."
Likewise, Dohman said, success is about making the most of one's talents.
"Success is all relevant to your goal, and I think that your ultimate goal in life should be simply to find what it is that brings you joy and keeps you happy and to do that, whatever it may be."
The guest speaker for commencement was Bryan Benway, a 2001 graduate of AVCS who encouraged graduates to dream big despite being from a small town.
"I achieved my dream of being a sports broadcaster, and I'm chasing a bigger dream now, much like you are today," said Benway.