Indian Lake graduates a family, not a class

INDIAN LAKE - Like most schools in local communities, Indian Lake Central School uses its size to create unique class dynamics. During their graduation ceremonies on June 26, ILCS handed diplomas to 17 graduates, most of whom have been together since kindergarten.

The class of 2010 grew up together and will not move on to post-graduate endeavors together. One hundred percent of the class applied to collegiate education - a much higher percentage then normal, according to Indian Lake guidance counselor Genine Longacker.

"We are very proud of them and we hate to see them leave," she said.

Merrill Pine and Jenna Roblee were awarded special honors as this year's valedictorian and salutatorian. Pine, with an 95.5 average encouraged her fellow classmates to pursue their dreams in a personal commencement address.

Commencement ceremonies were personal, pointing specifically to each student's Indian Lake experience. Superintendent Mark Brand wished them the best as he instructed them to move their tassels and step off stage for the last time.

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