Dansville High School held its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 Saturday morning.

“Today is the last step of the 13-year education,” said Michael Falzoi, high school principal. “When I think of this class, I think of unity.”

Dansville High School held its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 Saturday morning.


“Today is the last step of the 13-year education,” said Michael Falzoi, high school principal. “When I think of this class, I think of unity.”



This was Dansville’s 124th commencement ceremony, and it featured a class of 111 students. Twenty-seven of those students graduated with honors, and 99 of them graduated with some form of distinction.


Katherine and Sarah Mosca, twins, the salutatorian and valedictorian respectively, pulled off a successful heist of the show with their joint speech. Katherine spoke about the hardships of a twin, while Sarah talked of individuality.



Katherine then did her best Dr. Seuss impression, and rattled off a rhyme which mentioned every single person in the class. They finished by connecting the dots and pointing out that every person in the class is an individual, but at the same time, will always be connected, much like twins.


“Do what you love, happiness is yours to seize. Create an identity, whatever you please.”



After a performance by the choir, Class President Daniel Pierce presented Superintendent Dr. Paul Alioto with the class gift, a new mascot uniform. Alioto accepted the gift and delivered a speech about life.


He spoke about when to compromise, when to stand up, when to fight and most importantly, when not to fight. He told the Class of 2013 that they were unique because their journey was mired with economic hardships and budget cuts.



“This class is a class of character and struggle,” said Alioto. “Nobody has to say ‘wait until you see the real world’ because you got a taste right here.”


Mary Ann Holden, school board president, complimented the class on their dedication to the community.



“One thing that stood out to me was your commitment to community service,” said Holden. “On behalf of the community, I thank you.”


As the class paraded out of the gym to the tune of “Party Rock Anthem” performed by the band, smiles were all around on the faces of students, teachers and parents alike. The masses then moved outside for photos and mingling.



Students hugged and laughed with each other the same way long-lost friends would, not like people who had spent nearly every day together for 13 years. Parents snapped photos, and teachers told the students how proud they were.


Underneath the blue sky and blistering sun, everyone crowded together like a fire drill in the dead of winter. For one last lingering moment, the students were together, but together now as alumni. Ready to move along as individuals, but aware they would forever remain connected, like twins.