By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE – Twenty Indian Lake Central School Class of 2013 students took to the stage Saturday, June 22, at noon and a little less than two hours later, with diplomas in hand, were accepting greetings and congratulations in front of the school from parents, family and friends.
Eighteen of the 20 graduates are continuing their education in colleges and technical schools. One is entering the Marine Corps and one will be entering the Navy.
Forty-one awards and scholarships were presented to the graduates.
This was a class of scholars and volunteers. Many volunteered at Red Cross blood drives, the Open Door soup kitchen in Glens Falls and various community clean-up drives. The students also hosted the Coaches for Cancer basketball tournament and hiked Prospect Mountain in Lake George to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention.
More than half the class belongs to the National Honor Society and most graduated with one or more college credits.
Salutatorian Sydney Hinckley began her address by saying, “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” She probably surprised many when she mentioned favorite quotes of hers by movie star Marilyn Monroe, such as, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
Hinckley said, “Marilyn Monroe was bold, unafraid, and unforgettable. She stood out from the common Sues and Helens of her time. To most people who have heard of her enchanting name she represents a pretty face. But I bet you didn't know she started a production company, performed for St. Jude's Hospital for charity and was the first woman to talk about sexual abuse publicly.”
Like Monroe, Hinckley believes her class broke barriers. She said, “We exceeded every limitation given us. Our class average GPA is very high compared to other classes in the past. But none of that came easily and every classmate has put in so much time, effort, and hard work to get his/her well deserved grades.”
Valedictorian Morgan King said, “Since we were five years old we've been the class that has bickered, competed fiercely, acted as a team, been very disruptive and loved each other. In other words, we've been a family.
“Our parents and teachers held our hands in the beginning, but now are letting us go because they believe in us, and in turn we now have to believe in ourselves.”
King reflected, “Living in such a small town, we know pretty much everyone. That is exactly how our class became so close. When you only have about 20 kids, you get to know a lot about each person, like crushes and birthdays, failures and successes.
“It's also nice that you know where everyone lives, and who their parents are. Since there isn't much to do here, it's always nice going to hang out with a group of people to go snowmobiling in the winter, swimming at Squaw Brook in the summer, or the movie theater.”
“I love knowing my classmates have my back,” King continued, “and will be there if I need them.”
King ended with, “My classmates and I have always been very close. It is going to be difficult saying goodbye to them. We are going separate ways, but we will never forget the amazing memories full of love and laughter.
“We will make mistakes, we will change our minds a million times but that's okay. That is what we are supposed to do; it's part of growing up, and shapes who we are. I am so proud of each of you. I love all of you guys very much and I will miss you greatly. I can't wait to hear about the great things you are going to do in life. Good luck and congratulations to the Class of 2013.”
Jessica Bain will attend Ithaca College, Marist College or St. Lawrence University and Tucker Benton Fulton Montgomery Community College. Abby Darling will be going to SUNY Alfred.
Kaylyn Bennett will attend Hartwick College. Kyle Douglas is entering the U.S. Marine Corps.
Julious Dunbar will attend SUNY Adirondack, Colin Farrell SUNY Cortland and Chaitin Giessen SUNY Canton. Emma Gray is enrolled at Gordon College.
Morgan Hinckley is going to Clarkson University, Smith College or Mount Holyoke College while sister Sydney Hinckley will attend Eugene Lang - The New School for Liberal Arts, Pace University or Pratt Institute.
Morgan King is off to Cazenovia College or St. Michaels College, Emily LaPrairie to Herkimer County Community College and Matthew Moore to Mohawk Valley Community College.
Colleen Pine will go to Niagara University or Hofstra University and Jerry Roblee to Wyotech Technical Institute. Vinnie Smith is joining the U.S. Navy.
Brytani Ann Ubele will attend Mohawk Valley Community College, Chelsea Walters Erie County Community College and Taylor Wells Paul Smith’s College.