Her classmates may be experiencing similar feelings with graduation, Caudill noted, feeling as if they are leaving behind friends and fond memories as they go on to face new experiences.
"Right now, the future after we walk across this stage and wrap our hands around our diplomas is uncertain and hazy," she said. "We all know that we will absolutely encounter challenges and hardships throughout our life, but despite the gray areas of our future, we realize that everything will turn out for the best."
Valedictorian Danielle Lussi noted how the Class of 2010, many of whom have been together since kindergarten, will now go their separate ways, but she encouraged them to remember the "Three P's:" passion, perserverance, and patience.
Lussi shared how her own story of perserverance in training as a ski jumper, recalling her first time on the 120-meter jump in Lake Placid.
"Minutes later, rising in the elevator for my second jump, I could only think of how all those hours in the gym lifting weights, stretching, working on agility and coordination and, of course, the thousands of jumps on the smaller hills," Lussi said, "and how the persistence had paid off in the form of one jump on the 120."
A crowd of friends and family members lined the floor and the stands at the Saranac Lake Civic Center June 25 honoring the 2010 graduates of Saranac Lake Central School.
Ed McCarthy, a former social studies teacher at Saranac Lake, delivered the commencement address, urging students to trust themselves while working towards their goals.
Valedictorian Hillary Pond lauded her classmates' multitude of talents.
"Although we may be one of the smallest classes to graduate from Saranac Lake High School, the magnitude of our success has been immense," said Pond. "Together, the 117 students that stand before you today have achieved undefeated sports seasons, won national competitions in the arts, claimed the Lifesmarts New York State Championship, staged the first ever Youth Climate Summit, studied abroad on three different continents, raised money to sponsor Jambo Jipya School in Mtwapa, Kenya, and even represented the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics."