Congressman Owens to give Newcomb Central commencement speech

Newcomb Central School

Newcomb Central School Photo by John Grybos.

— Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) will give the commencement speech to the graduating class at the Newcomb Central School District this Saturday, June 23.

The Congressman will deliver brief remarks to the school’s newest graduates, congratulate them on their accomplishments, and encourage them to continue their hard work as they take the next step in their lives.

“I am looking forward to meeting with Newcomb’s latest crop of future leaders,” Owens said. “As these graduates move on to their next challenge, I am confident they will make us proud and continue to serve as exemplary representatives of the North Country.”

The commencement will include an award ceremony, performances by the school’s music department, and additional remarks from advisors and Superintendent Skip Hults.

Newcomb Central School participates in a college partnership program with North Country Community College, which allows students to accrue up to 48 college credits.

Earlier this year, Owens joined Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY) in introducing legislation that combats the threat of school closures in rural areas due to decreases in student enrollment. The Strengthening America's Public Schools Through Promoting Foreign Investment Act invests in rural schools like Newcomb at no cost by easing restrictions in the nonimmigrant F-1 visa program for public secondary schools. Owens worked directly with Superintendent Hults on this initiative.

Owens is running for re-election this fall. He currently represents the 23rd Congressional District; however, under the new redistricting plan, he will be running for the 21st Congressional District, which includes all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Washington and Warren counties and parts of Herkimer, Fulton and Saratoga counties.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Newcomb Central School auditorium.

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