WAYLAND — Wayland-Cohocton Central School held graduation and commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 24 in the field house. Celebrating with members of the Class of 2018 were the Board of Education, School administrators, faculty and staff; along with family and friends.
High school faculty and staff led the graduating students in the procession into the field house with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance performed by the high school band. The Women’s Chorus performed the National Anthem followed by a welcome address given by High School Principal Eileen Feinman. The presentation of valedictorian Mackenzie Curtin and salutatorian Megan McAllister was made and each was presented with an award commemorating their respective accomplishments.
The Women’s Chorus and senior chorus members performed We Won’t Stop Dreaming by Pinkzebra. Later in the ceremony, the high school band, including senior band members, performed a medley Home/Coldplay featuring Home, Clocks, Lost and Viva La Vida and arranged by Michael Brown and Thomas Ronan.
Student speakers during the ceremony included Lauren Kimmel, who was selected by the members of the Class of 2018; and Mackenzie Curtin, who was selected by the faculty and staff.
School Superintendent Michael Wetherbee recognized members of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, those students earning a Career and Technical Endorsement. The four individuals going on to military service were introduced including Aydan Cotter (United States Marines), Mackenzie Curtin (United States Military Academy at West Point), Gavin Ladd (United States Army) and Tonia Willis (United States Army).
The presentation of the 2018 Robert J. Cownie Spirit of the Golden Eagle Award was made by Mrs. Feinman. This year’s male recipient was Garret Beaupre. This year’s female recipient was Kierra McClure.
The members of the Class of 2018 were then presented their diplomas by Board of Education President Mark Perkins, Superintendent Michael Wetherbee, High School Principal Eileen Feinman and Assistant Principal Scott Manne.
The high school band performed the Theme from Top Gun as the members of the Class of 2018 recessed followed by the high school faculty and staff.