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  • Area graduations: celebrating and remembering

  • In what is one of the most significant moments in any person's life, a little more than 300 now-adults walked across a platform in local schools to receive their high school diplomas - a right of passage marking a person's exit from one phase of their life and into another.

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  • In what is one of the most significant moments in any person's life, a little more than 300 now-adults walked across a platform in local schools to receive their high school diplomas - a right of passage marking a person's exit from one phase of their life and into another.
    Dansville
    Dansville graduated 123 seniors during the 123rd commencement exercises Saturday, and although one special student was missing, he was not forgotten.
     A special presentation was given in memory of Michael Murphy, who died five years ago from cycstic fibrosis. His friend Sean O'Brien tearfully read the Henry Scott Holland poem, "Death is nothing at all," then brought Murphy's mother, brother and cousin on stage to announce to them a class gift of a bench for Michael's memorial garden on the school grounds, plus a memorial tree, and a yearbook presented to the family signed by members of the class of 2012. A page in the yearbook was dedicated to Michael.
    In addition to this gift, the class of 2012 presented the school with a $2,500 check for an electronic marquee. Other student speakers were salutatorian Amanda Hellwig and valedictorian Elizabeth Bondi.
    Keshequa
    Fifty-nine seniors participated in commencement exercises Saturday at Keshequa Central School in Nunda.
    Valedictorian Gabrielle DiAngelo and salutatorian Alicia Calcote addressed the Class of 2012 along with commencement speaker Heather Pero, a science teacher at the school.
    At the first graduation under his tenure, Superintendent Don Covell remarked that the Class of 2012 will face challenges much diff erent than their parents.
    "It is indeed a different world," he said.
    Pero gave graduates advice to follow as they move on to higher education, military service and careers. She encouraged the class of 2012 to show gratitude and to learn to use the phrases "thank you" and "I love you." She reminded graduates that many people helped them reach the end of their high school careers.
    Other advice from Pero included setting goals and having an positive attitude. She related the story of a high school classmate who worked hard to achieve his own goals and had a positive attitude both in high
    school and afterward — his classmates called him
    "Smiley."
    Ten years ago, his face appeared on a Frosted Flakes box because of his accomplishments as a jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
    "That's not bad for a little country boy from Byersville," Pero said.
    She asked each graduate to write down one goal during her speech and to refer back to it often.
    "Give everything you do your best effort and you will have no regrets," she said.
     
    Wayland-Cohocton
    Page 2 of 2 - Family and friends observed as 122 graduates participated in commencement exercises at Wayland-Cohocton Central School's Fieldhouse Sunday.
    Among the graduates, 17 are National Honor Society members, 12 were recognized by the National Technical Honor Society and one by the Business Honor Society. Superintendent Michael Wetherbee also recognized seven students who are headed to military service. Three students are enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, two in the Army, one in the Navy and one in the Air Force ROTC.
    After hearing Chelsea Richey give school announcements over the
    years, graduates heard her final address, during which she looked back at how much students' lives changed in middle school and high school.
    Evan Englert was recognized as valedictorian and Wyatt Olney as
    salutatorian.
    “Way-Co is small — kind of like a family,” Olney remarked. He urged students to remember the school and community they came from as they go move on to careers, education and military service.
    Two students were recognized with the Spirit of the Golden Eagle Award. The recipients, Alyssa Kimbel and Devin Cooley, were not
    known until the announcement Sunday during the ceremony.
     

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