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The Lake Pleasant Central School Class of 2014 (from left): Zachary Bartholomew, Justin Morse, Taylor Griffith, Madeline Pierce, Grace Michienzi, Tia Thompson, Caleb Trezise, Gerald Millet, Isabel Abrams, Rebekah Weaver and Dallas Erb. The red balloons mark students headed to Wells Central School while the yellow ones indicate Johnstown High School. (Photo/Cristine Meixner)

The band plays "Taco Rocko" with Ethan Marshall on piano. (Photo/Cristine Meixner)

Valedictorian Tia Nicole Yang Thompson. (Photo submitted)

Salutatorian Caleb James Trezise. (Photo submitted)

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Lake Pleasant school sends off 11

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 5:43 PM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

SPECULATOR -- Lake Pleasant Central School sent 11 ninth-graders off to high school Thursday evening, June 26.

It was a true celebration, full of laughter as the students remembered the years together and shared those memories with proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other townspeople.

Valedictorian Tia Thompson said the most remarkable thing to her about the Class of 2014 is it "has always been there for each other. We've always had each other's backs."

She advised her classmates, "Do whatever makes you feel confident and happy... Whatever you do make sure you love it... Everyone in this class has potential, talent and personality. At Lake Pleasant Central School we may not have a large quantity of students, but we have high quality."

Salutatorian Caleb Trezise said the teachers and staff went above and beyond their duties, teaching them about life, too. He stressed the importance of effective communication and building people up, not tearing them down.

A class video included a horror spoof of Common Core, showing terrified and anxious students, as well as 9th Grade Flashbacks where the grads portrayed themselves as kindergarteners. It ended with a tribute to retiring Superintendent Ernest Virgil.

Virgil spoke of this year's trip to New York City, where among other things the students took in a Yankees game. "I thought the longest NYC day would be when Rachelle Hosley had to be taken home to Morehouse and the sun was coming up as I headed home," he said. "It wasn't. This year's game lasted 14 innings. We didn't leave until 1 a.m. People were going to work as I headed home."

But they had fun, he said, and recounted something about what each student did on the trip... except for Gerry Millet, to whom he promised silence.

"I think you're all going on to be something very, very special," Virgil told the graduates. "Because you already are, so there's nowhere to go but up."

Assistant Principal Heather Philo, who will take over as superintendent Aug. 30, thanked Virgil for mentoring her for the past few years. "I know he did it because he wanted to leave the school in the very best hands," she said. "I promise I will do my very best.”

     

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