Commencement exercises wrapped up a busy week of senior celebrations including a fantastic Grad Bash on Friday night. Following a trip to Sea Breeze, Grad Bash participants returned home to a race-track themed party! The group was met at Rauber’s by high school teacher Ms. Nichols and her dirt-bike friend who escorted the buses back into the school in fantastic style! The students were so excited to see their teacher ride

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Commencement exercises wrapped up a busy week of senior celebrations including a fantastic Grad Bash on Friday night. Following a trip to Sea Breeze, Grad Bash participants returned home to a race-track themed party! The group was met at Rauber’s by high school teacher Ms. Nichols and her dirt-bike friend who escorted the buses back into the school in fantastic style! The students were so excited to see their teacher ride.

Back at the school, the rubber was falling from the sky as muscle car after muscle car greeted students in the loop with burning tires and loud engines.

Around and around the loop they went with John Quinlan waving the checkered flag from the starting block. The halls were decorated with incredible themes; there was great food, huge inflatable bouncing games, penny-games and a casino for everyone’s enjoyment.

When the fun was over an early morning clean-up crew, starting at about 2 a.m., had the school cleaned up and ready to move onto graduation set-up.

Although the weather was hot, there were cool graduates enjoying their day. Daniel Hammers, valedictorian and faculty selected speaker; as well as Daniel Wilkinson, student selected speaker; addressed their peers.

Graduates and guests jumped to their feet in a standing ovation as the family of deceased classmate James Mitchell crossed the state to accept his diploma posthumously. The music selections included Electricity, performed by the select choir and senior choir members and a Coldplay medley was featured by the band including senior band members.

A few beach balls bounced around the graduates’ seating area and the storms held off until the graduates could celebrate outside with their friends and families. Highlights are features on the school’s website including photos, speeches and graduates names.

I had the pleasure of attending the Sea Breeze trip and accompanied Mark McKelvey who, for years now, has been photographing and videotaping the students during the graduation weekend including Grad Bash and the graduation ceremony. He donates his talents and time and creates a lasting memory for students in their final days of being Wayland-Cohocton students.

All over the community there are examples of this kind of generosity including Grad Bash organizers Julee Acomb and Denise Drum and all of the crews that help pull off this incredible party. Generous community members, families and businesses continue to support the school and its students and staff throughout the year. These contributions contribute to that ultimate goal, crossing the stage to accept a diploma.

None of it would be possible, and certainly not nearly as fun, without the help of so many wonderful people. We thank each and every one of you! We are blessed to live in a community that goes way beyond what is required.

In spite of it being summer, the buildings will be abuzz with athletic camps and academic opportunities. Summer enrichment will be held at the Cohocton building and summer meals will also be available again. At Cohocton Elementary, breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m., only location, and lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch will also be served as the Lawrence Parks Recreation Park from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Meals are free to children 18 and under and must be eaten on site.

This is the last column for the summer. At this time I would like to thank the Genesee Country Express for sharing WC’s good news and information with the community throughout the year. This is a valuable tool in reaching district residents and we thank the staff and organization for being such great partners.

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