ELLENBURG DEPOT - The Northern Adirondack Central School Class of 2010 has moved on, holding optimism for their future.
Sixty-six members of the senior class walked into the school's Norman V. Kavanaugh Auditorium June 25 for the last time as students and left for the first time as graduates.
Salutatorian Ashleigh Lord, one of the graduating ceremony's featured speakers, told her fellow graduates it is up to each of them to decide their future.
"Where you want to go, who you want to become and how you're going to make sure you get there no matter what you face along the way," was up to them, said Lord. "As graduates of Class of 2010, we're all at the same point in our lives. We've made it this far together and now everything is about to change. It's time to branch out and become the individuals we were meant to be."
Valedictorian Abigail Spinner addressed her class with reluctance to say goodbye.
"We have done so much to get here and yet have accomplished so little in the scheme of things," she said.
Spinner jokingly referred to the "real world" after high school as a place of "unlimited bathroom privileges." However, on a more serious note, Spinner went on to say the future is not bleak for her graduating class as long as they are able to convert passions into realities, and reminded her fellow classmates to stay kind.
"As long as we try to remember to be kind to one another, to try to be happy and help others to be happy themselves and attempt to reverse some of the harm that we have inflicted on the environment, we'll probably be okay in the end," she said.
In the end, both Lord's and Spinner's speeches delivered the message of believing in oneself.