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Moriah graduates senior class

Valedictorian appeals to individualism

Val Wykes gets some help and support from her mother, Julie, prior to commencement exercises at Moriah Central School.

Val Wykes gets some help and support from her mother, Julie, prior to commencement exercises at Moriah Central School. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Salutatorian Zachary Zelinski told his classmates adulthood had arrived.

“This is now the final page in a very long chapter of teen-age life,” he said. “After this day we are expected to put on our adult pants and make life decisions on our own. Parents will not be there every moment of the way to hold our hands. We won’t have guidance counselors to show us the right path. And out future teacher will not as easygoing or accepting of misdeeds.

“My advice to you, Class of 2013, is to strive and the achieve the most of what you can,” Zelinski said. “Don’t settle for just getting by and the good enough. Do what makes you happy. Don’t let anyone decide that for you. Set your goals in life high so you may be great. Write your own story and chose your own path.”

Amanda Ida, the Class of 2013 honor student, recalled her years at Moriah Central School.

“On Sept. 7, 2000, the majority of us walked through those big, heavy doors, some were crying, others, such as myself, were excited to see what the big deal was,” Ida said. “Through the past 13 years I’ve made a lot of true friends who are sitting up here with me today.”

Ida thanked her friends, parents and the school faculty for their help in reaching graduation. She also urged classmates not to be said about leaving Moriah.

“Don’t cry because it’s over,” she said. “Smile because it happened.”

Graduate Michael Bigelow performed an instrumental solo as part of the ceremony.

The commencement exercise, which awarded degrees to 54 seniors, also included remarks by alumnus Jeremy Bruce, English teacher Cliff Klingenberg and Bill Larrow, school superintendent. Awards and scholarships were also presented.

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