By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
LONG LAKE – Ten seniors graduated from Long Lake Central School Friday evening, June 21, cheered on into the future by a gymnasium packed with family, friends and members of the community at large.
The ceremony began with Superintendent Mary Dickerson welcoming everyone and drawing excerpts from Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”
Dickerson quoted, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose,” and “…when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along, you'll start happening too!”
“Good luck on your next adventure in life,” she said.
A VALEDICTORY POEM
Valedictorian Margaret Smith was creative with poetry covering her years in school and growing up in Long Lake.
Smith said, “I have nothing to advise, no experience or skills these guys don't have. I just have my own take, my own ideas my art, this Adirondack story and an open mind.”
Smith asked, “How do you put 14 years down on paper? How do you dredge 14 years outta your heart?”
Smith then went on to describe some of the snapshots of her life, such as, “In fall this town just bursts into flame. Winter nights the trails roar and windows spread yellow squares on the snow.
“In spring the woods and we remind each other we're alive and summer is seaplanes and hot tar and thunderstorms and swan dives and hanging out on breaks and blue sky and milkshakes.”
Smith looked at the uncharted waters of the future and concluded her poem with, “The water is miles below and volumes of summer air await our leap of faith. We jump. There is nothing else that will do, time ushers us on, and the best way out is always through.”
Smith will continue her education at Hamilton College.
Salutatorian Jillianna Miller said she has, “Decided graduation is not the ending of a chapter in my life, but rather the ending of the prologue to my life, that what happened these past four years is important and worth mentioning, but not enough to go into much detail.”
Miller advised, “Never be afraid of doing what is right. I don't mean the ‘stand up to the bully’ cliche. What I mean is to stand up for your opinions. If you know you are defending what is right, don't let anyone stop you from being heard, even if you're the only one defending it.”
“As much as we hate to admit it, we tend to find jobs people will be impressed with. Don't do this. Find what interests you whether that be cosmetology, music, the military or even dog walking, just find what you love to do.”
Miller concluded with, "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made the victim. Accept no one's definition of your life but define yourself."
Miller completed the BOCES Cosmetology program and will be pursuing that career.
CLASS OF 2013
Class members are Johnathan Cortis, Prudence Dechene, Emily Gagnier, Seth Hart, Arthur Jennings, Kyle McMurtry, Jillianna Miller, Cara Seaman, Margaret Smith and Emily Waters.
National Honor Society members include Dechene, Gagnier, Jennings, Miller, Smith and Waters. Miller is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
The graduates were the recipients of 26 awards. Harold and Albina Klue scholarships were awarded to Dechene, McMurtry, Smith and Waters.