Willsboro Audrey “Audey” Dickerson went to the 2013 commencement ceremonies at Willsboro Central School thinking that it was members of her family who would be the center of attention.
Instead, Superintendent Stephen Broadwell opened the ceremony recognizing her for being able to come to the Willsboro commencement 80 years after she had made the same walk to receive her diploma.
Dickerson, the Class of 1933 grad, turned 100 on July 1 and remembered back to her days riding from Reber to Willsboro to get to school.
“We didn’t have a school bus the first year that I went to high school,” Dickerson said. “I would catch a ride to school on Mason’s milk truck.”
Dickerson went to elementary and middle school in Reber, where there were the two schools when she was growing up.
“It is a lot different now,” Dickerson said. “I think that Willsboro has a really good school, but I do not think the kids appreciate sometimes just how much better it is now for them.”
One of the areas that makes school better for youth is the extracurricular activities.
“Today the kids have the opportunity to play almost every sport they want to,” she said. “There were no sports when I went to school. It was all town teams.”
Dickerson was the second of nine children in her home, one of three girls who shared the house with six brothers. The kicker: only one rest room.
“When you live in a house with six brothers and only one bathroom, you did not have much privacy,” she said.
Dickerson said she remembered coupons that her grandmother would give to the family during the Great Depression.
“My brother went down south to work for G.E., and he would also send me coupons to buy stockings,” she said.