Johnsburg graduation focuses on community

Johnsburg Central School seniors take part in their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22.

Johnsburg Central School seniors take part in their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Phillip Sherotov.

— The theme of the commencement ceremony for Johnsburg Central School’s class of 2013 was the importance of community and hard work.

Guest speaker Jaime Fuller, a JCS class of 2007 graduate, went on to earn a degree from Middlebury College, and now lives and works in Washington, D.C. She is currently an associate editor at The American Prospect.

“It feels strange being up here just six years after graduating myself,” Fuller said. “What I can share with you is that over the next few years you will have a lot of new experiences and meet a lot of new people. Try to absorb as much as you can from every situation.”

At the same time, Fuller urged students not to forget Johnsburg.

“Ernest Hemingway once said that Paris was a ‘moveable feast’ because if you were lucky enough to spend time in Paris as a young person, then wherever you go afterwards, for the rest of your life, it will stay with you,” Fuller said. “Well, Johnsburg is a moveable feast, too. Even though I live far away, and only get to visit twice a year, I’m always telling people stories from growing up here.”

“I encourage all of you to explore because it’s a big world out there, but don’t forget Johnsburg,” Fuller said.

Salutatorian Shannon Ovitt, was graduating as a member of the National Honor Society, with an Advanced Regents Diploma, and achieved Mastery in Science (received 85 or higher on three Science Regents exams).

“People always talk about opportunity as if it’s something that just happens for some,” said Ovitt. “I believe that opportunity is there for everybody, but that it takes action to make it a reality.”

She explained how enjoying an amazing class trip first required her to sign up for an elective class and work during the summer to save money—all actions that she had to take responsibility for.

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