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The Indian Lake Central School Class of 2014 anxiously waits to take the stage before graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 28. Shown are (from left) Kyle Locke, Pamela Bennett, Salutatorian Andrea Brown, Robert Miller, Margaret Carroll, Shane Shortt, Erica Dumond, Paul Strain and Valedictorian Shannon Farrell. (Photo/Pete Klein)

It was a warm, sunny day when the Indian Lake Central School Class of 2014 went outside after graduation to accept well wishes and congratulations from family and friends. The graduates shown here are (from left) Salutatorian Andrea Brown, Pamela Bennett, and Robert Miller. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Valedictorian Shannon Farrell

Salutatorian Andrea Brown


Indian Lake graduates nine

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 5:41 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The vote is in. The Indian Lake Central School Class of 2014 salutatorian and valedictorian agreed in their speeches during graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 28, that it is great to live in a small town and go to a small school.

In a close knit community such as Indian Lake what was much appreciated by family and friends before the graduates took the stage was a video showing the graduates throughout their young lives at home, in the community and at school.

As Salutatorian Andrea Brown said during her speech, "Sometimes we complain about coming from such a small town but really, we are incredibly lucky. For approximately 18 years of our lives, we have been raised by an amazing community."

Brown spoke of unexpected turns. "In this one year, I have changed my mind about where I want to go college three times," she said.

Speaking of her fellow graduates, she added, "We have changed our majors and career goals as the roads of our lives took unexpected turns."

Valedictorian Shannon Farrell said, "As a student of Indian Lake Central since kindergarten, I consider myself extremely fortunate. Growing up in this environment has nurtured, encouraged and challenged me to become the person I am today.

"Although our school is small, I believe I can speak for most of us here when I say we are well-connected, and not in a country bumpkin kind of way."

Farrell thanked her teachers when she said, "Encouragement has always been a top priority for the staff at Indian Lake Central. Teachers always reminded me how important every grade is."

"Our own personal experiences in Indian Lake have shaped every one of us into the people we are today. We can thank our teachers starting with kindergarten for that."


Before handing out over 40 awards and scholarships, Superintendent Mark Brand thanked everyone for approving the budget, saying it is an example of the community coming together and how Indian Lake is part of a larger community seeking to preserve small schools and all the advantages they offer students and the communities of which they are a part.

Brand asked parents, teachers and members of the board of education to stand up and be recognized for playing a part in the students' education before Class Advisor Mellissa Mulvey and Board of Education President Jon Voorhees handed out diplomas to the following nine graduates.

Pamela Bennett will be going on to Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica in the fall.

Andrea Brown will be attending Le Moyne College in Syracuse for pre-medical biology.

Margaret Carroll will be going to Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown.

Erica Dumond will be going to SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Shannon Farrell will be attending Troy's Russell Sage College's nursing program.

Kyle Locke wants to enter the workforce.

Robert Miller will be attending Clarkson University in Potsdam.

Shane Shortt will be attending Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Paul Strain wants to enter the workforce.

Family and friends greet the brand new graduates along the walkway to Indian Lake Central School after ceremonies Saturday, June 28. The graduates shown here are (from left) Valedictorian Shannon Farrell, Kyle Locke, Margaret Carroll, Erica Dumond, and Paul Strain. (Photo/Pete Klein)


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