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Bolton Central grads bask in community’s pride

Bolton High School graduate Rain Mantz (center) gives fellow grads Emma LeMaire (left and Eric Onjack (right) a hug before being greeted by proud parents following the school's graduation ceremonies June 21.

Bolton High School graduate Rain Mantz (center) gives fellow grads Emma LeMaire (left and Eric Onjack (right) a hug before being greeted by proud parents following the school's graduation ceremonies June 21. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With humor, Valedictorian William Smith talked about the class of 2013’s character and diversity.

“We have always been ‘too cool for school,’” he said, mentioning the group’s diversity.

He added that Gaddy advised students to travel and experience different cultures.

Expressing the strong local community bond, Smith talked about the late Tracy French, mother of classmate Dustin, and how she had been a good friend to many and would be proud of the graduates.

“Tracy has been an unbelievable influence on my life — She is truly one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever known,” he said. Smith’s reflections about French, who died in 2012 at age 46, prompted substantial applause.

The Class of 2013 was soon facing big changes, continued Smith, who is headed for University of Central Florida this fall to study Business.

“We will be meeting new people, learning new ways of life and be exposed to many different ways of thinking and expression," he said. “Whatever the adjustments that need to be made, we are indeed all ready for them due to the mentoring of our loved ones.”

Student Hunter Brown, who is attending SUNY Adirondack this fall, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The seniors sang “Don’t Stop Believing,” penned by rock group Journey.

The video presentation included tweets of advice from the graduates to each other, like “You are only limited by your mindset,” and “Never give up on your dreams.”

BCS Superintendent Ray Ciccarelli, whose son Carl was among the graduates, offered advice to the Class of 2013.

“Success is not defined by a single event, but preceded by a lot of hard work — the continuation of the things you’ve been doing here at Bolton Central day-to-day,” he said.

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