OUR FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT... Basking in the spotlight due to their achievements, Warrensburg High School’s soon-to-be-graduates don shades to reduce the glare shortly before receiving their diplomas.
continued “Every one of us has the qualities needed for success in their chosen path,” she continued, noting that courage and perseverance were vital in pursuing one’s dreams.
WCS graduate Doug Kenyon, former Athletic Director at Glens Falls High and long-time Section II executive director, also urged the students to pursue their goals with fortitude.
“You must have courage to follow your dreams and stand up for what is right,” he said. “It takes courage to live a life of integrity and the courage not to be afraid to fail — your greatest growth will come as a result of the times you struggled.”
Kenyon also detailed the extensive community activities of the 2012 graduates.
Duell urged the students to be true to their roots.
“Stay connected to your family, your friends and your community — this connectedness is important and will give you a lifetime of happiness,” he said. “Greet people with a warm smile, look people in the eye, gave a firm handshake, praise someone when they deserve it and remember the lessons learned at home, in school and on the athletic field — These will carry you forward to a meaningful and responsible life.”
Salutatorian Jack Eaton also talked of maintaining family bonds.
“Very few people will ever help you, care for you and love you like your family will,” he said. Eaton extended the concept to one’s friendships.
“Our friends help us get up when we’re down, push us forward when we think there’s nowhere to go but backwards; they laugh with us, they cry with us, they’re always there for us,” he continued.
The WCS Mastersingers and the high school chorus, directed by school choral director James Corriveau, sang several selections including “I Won’t Give Up” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”
The Class of 2012’s kindergarten teachers Roz Johnson, Diana Pataki, Glenda Howland and Christine Sullivan witnessed their “Millennium Students” graduate. The grads had been presented with the time capsules they created as kindergartners in year 2000. Hanging on the wall was a quilt created from portraits of each of the Millennium Students as youngsters.