WESTPORT-A large crowd of family, friends, teachers, and other well-wishers gathered on Saturday, June 25, to look on as the 28 members of Westport Central School's Class of 2011 went through graduation ceremonies in the school auditorium.
Class vice-president and salutatorian Elizabeth Cusprinie delivered the welcome address, and student council president and class valedictorian Liam Davis spoke for his classmates in bidding the school farewell. The school superintendent, Dr. John Gallagher, and the school principal, Mrs. Michele Friedman, delivered the awards, while board of education president Mrs. Alice LaRock joined Dr. Gallagher in the awarding of the diplomas.
"We are here today to celebrate the achievements of this unparalleled group of seniors who sit behind me," Cusprinie said. "They are great musicians, talented artists, gifted athletes, exceptional actors, and incredible authors."
Going on to express her thanks to "the parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators" who have been such a large part of the students' lives, she said in conclusion, "We couldn't have done it without you."
In his remarks, Davis recounted how the idea of leaving school and striking out on his own had inspired fear in his younger years, and how that fear gradually changed to eagerness as he grew older.
Now that the prospect had actually arrived, he said, both emotions struggled for dominance.
"All of those people who have always been part of my daily life will no longer be there with me, and it will be up to me to direct my new life in the right direction. Luckily, I believe that I, along with all of my fellow classmates, have been well prepared for that task.
"I know that people are always talking about how unique Westport Central School is," Davis continued, "and how special it is to be part of a small school community like this. Yet, I don't think anyone can truly appreciate and understand the depth of how amazing and incredible it really is until they are about to leave it."