Long Lake commencement -

LONG LAKE - Superintendent Mary Jo Dickerson congratulated the Long Lake community as a whole for bringing the lass of 2010 to the graduation June 25 - the time at which they received their high school diplomas.

"We have worked together as a school and community in molding these very successful young people in preparing them for the wider world, a global world," she said.

Dickerson acknowledged Long Lake nurtured many of these students since they were students in kindergarten - making it appropriate the members of the Class of 2010 asked Long Lake Central School kindergarten teacher Nichole Meyette to be their guest speaker.

Dickerson posed the question, "Did we accomplish our mission here at Long Lake Central School as we send these young people off for their next adventure?"

Quoting the missions statement of the school, Dickerson answer her own question with, "Yes, we did."

Also referring to Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement, Dickerson specifically mentioned seven 21st century survival skills Long Lake has armed their student's with. These include critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence; agility and adaptability; initiative and entrepreneurship; effective oral and written communication; accessing and analyzing information; and curiosity and imagination.

"I believe our school and community already embrace these seven," said Dickerson. "We have prepared our youth for the adventures into the global world."

Valedictorian and salutatorian Colleen Nerney and Jordan Wallace were honored for their accomplishments during the proceedings and they each wished their fellow classmates the best in the years to come.

Dickerson concluded with a smile saying, "You are prepared, now go get 'em."

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