“As you know, the senior class sets the tone for the building,” Rainis said. “After the year we’ve experienced, the example you set for the younger students could not have been better. This evening is a celebration of your accomplishments, your community service and your resilience.”
Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak shared her thoughts about being thankful. She began by acknowledging the tenacity, determination and courage the seniors exhibited on the road to success. “You are some class, and we beam with pride when in your presence,” she said. “But keep in mind that happiness is not just about attaining your goals, but valuing people and events you have in your life for what they truly mean to you. It is not about changing and achieving all the time. It is about being who you are and appreciating what you have. Develop the trust to know that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”
The graduates were awarded their diplomas by Burak, Rainis and members of the Board of Education. Trustee Robert Paskoff gave his daughter Rose a proud hug as well.
Then, as tradition dictates, the graduates moved their tassels from right to left, tossed their caps in the air and made their recessional march, to more applause.