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Saranac students learned life lessons

PLATTSBURGH - The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Saranac Central School's Class of 2010 gave their 114 fellow classmates advice on what to take from their high school careers.

"A high school is defined as an establishment of learning," salutatorian Katelynn Bisso said at the June 25 ceremony. "And, you know what? We've learned a lot over the past four years, whether we admit it or not."

Bisso continued to say much of what they learned was not necessarily obtained from the subjects of math, science and history, but by the memories they established with one another.

"We learned that one school lunch is often not enough. Two Mr. Chases could probably take over the world. Three minutes between classes is never sufficient to have a full conversation without being late. Drinking four bottles of water in the span of two periods leads to a lot of missed class time throughout the rest of the day. And, five days of school a week feels like way too much," joked Bisso.

However, one thing her classmates will truly take away is "the lessons that matter most."

"We know now, or are continuing to discover, which qualities we require the people in our lives to have and which qualities are unacceptable," she said. "And, we've learned, or at least know more about, what we want in life. We've discovered what's important to us, and that will help us for the rest of our lives."

Valedictorian Marissa Horton said some of what she has found her class to have learned include a positive attitude, sense of humor, passion, determination, teamwork, strength, and commitment.

"Each of you has contributed in your way unique way and it is the diversity of our class that has made each one of us a better person," said Horton. "Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Learn from it everyday."

The commencement ceremony also included a rendition of "Good Riddance" by senior members of the chorus.

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