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Mountainside graduates Class of 2012

Three seniors receive degrees

Sarah Cruickshank, Duncan Sabatini and  Katherine Joseph graduated from Mountainside Christian Academy during commencement exercises June 9.

Sarah Cruickshank, Duncan Sabatini and Katherine Joseph graduated from Mountainside Christian Academy during commencement exercises June 9. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Mountainside Christian Academy presented diplomas to its Class of 2012 during ceremonies June 9.

The class included Sarah Cruickshank, Duncan Sabatini and Katherine Joseph.

Cruickshank, the daughter of Mike and Julie Cruickshank of Ticonderoga, is the class valedictorian.

Cruickshank, who has attended MCA for all of her school years, has been a model student consistently being on the high honor roll for all four quarters of each of her high school years. She was won numerous academic awards including highest average for grades 9-12 as well as highest average in each of the major subjects. She has also received merit awards in recognition of her exemplary character and behavior while at Mountainside and won first place for an essay she submitted to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Cruickshank was involved in student council during her junior year as her class representative and for her senior year she was on the yearbook committee as chief editor. She participated in the MCA sports program and was a statistician for soccer, a starter in volleyball and both a starter and co-captain in girls basketball for which she received the Christian Character Award and MVP.

Cruickshank has enjoyed helping out backstage during two of MCA’s drama productions, “The Best Christmas Present Ever” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” In addition, she has volunteered her services at her church for both the Vacation Bible School program and nursery and at the Elks Club in Ticonderoga by packaging Christmas boxes. She has also worked summers in local establishments such as Ticonderoga’s McDonald’s and Hot Biscuit Diner and Northern Borne in Long Lake.

In the fall Cruickshank will attend the University at Albany to study biology in preparation for a medical degree as a physician’s assistant.

The graduation ceremony included an invocation and welcome from Donald Reichard, chairman of the school board, the presentation of the class by Principal Constance Phillips and an address by Dawn Wayson.

Joseph performed “Breathe” and the entire audience sang the school alma mater.

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