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Schroon Lake grads asked to serve others

Maisonville, Whitney lead Class of 2013

Schroon Lake Central School seniors, from left, Brianna DeZalia, Jeffery Armstrong and Lindsay Reynolds embrace before commencement exercises at the school.

Schroon Lake Central School seniors, from left, Brianna DeZalia, Jeffery Armstrong and Lindsay Reynolds embrace before commencement exercises at the school.

— Schroon Lake graduated 19 students.

The graduation ceremony included the presentation of flowers, a slide show and the awarding of scholarships and awards. It also included several speeches.

Clare Whitney, salutatorian, pointed out how each class in school taught life lessons.

“One thing that I have always loved about math is that there is one answer; you are right or you are wrong and that’s that,” Whitney said. “But in life, that will not always be true. There will be times that life is not black and white and those are the times that we will have to create our own formulas and plug in the variables of our own lives to solve our problems. And no matter what we get for the answer, we can learn from it and maybe even get the chance to try again.”

Schroon Lake students also learned the value of community, Whitney said.

“The basics of science remind me a lot of our class itself,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot about cells and how they have many organelles inside them that allow them to function. From mitochondria to lysosomes, they each have a different job and serve a different purpose. Like cell organelles, we will all be moving forward in different directions and leading different lives, but like a cell, when we come together we create something greater than any one of us individually — the Class of 2013.

“No matter what happens, we will always be there for each other,” she said. “In the end, we know we have each other; to celebrate with when times are great or to lean on when times are not­-so­-great.”

Rita Herbst, a Schroon Lake math teacher, was selected by the class to deliver the faculty address. She reminded students they are — and will remain — important to teachers.

“It’s been a privilege learning about you, learning with you and learning from you,” Herbst said. “I’m a better teacher and person because you were my students. I want you to know Schroon Lake teachers care about each and everyone of you. We love you. Please come back to SLCS and let us know how you’re doing. I have no doubt that you all will go on and do great things.

“These are difficult times for teachers,” she concluded, “but a class like this makes it all worthwhile.”

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