Class of 2018 graduates in style

Class of 2018 graduates in style

Friends, families, teachers and staff filled the auditorium at Silver Creek Central School on Friday (June 22, 2018) to celebrate the Class of 2018 during the district’s 66th annual commencement.

The ceremony began with the traditional tune of "Pomp and Circumstance." The Senior High Band, conducted by Kiersten Roetzer, played as the 80 seniors proudly walked onto the stage.

After a rendition of the National Anthem was performed by members of the Senior Chorus, the audience was warmly welcomed by Class President and Salutatorian Lauren Grover. She encouraged her classmates to find their inner strength.

"No matter where you go, who you meet, or who you stay in touch with, remember to always stay true to who you are," said Grover. "Being yourself and standing up for what you believe in is one of the hardest and most honorable things you can do. In a world that tries to define us, define yourself. Be proud of who you are, and if you're not proud of that person, change. We all have the capabilities to be whoever we want to be."

Valedictorian Briget Whipple, who plans to attend Clarkson University to study physics, was the next speaker to address the audience. She stressed that everyone succeeds differently and there is no one way to find success in life.

"Everyone is unique and has their own unique methods for tackling tasks," said Whipple. "If it works for you, then do it. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks."

The commencement speaker for the evening was Peter Stebbins, a vice president at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Silver Creek Central School Class of 1981. After reminiscing about his time in Silver Creek, he provided insights into how to treat others and be an influence for good.

"Do your best, even if no one's looking," urged Stebbins. "And be a leader... a leader is not necessarily being elected captain and the 'rah rah' person up front. It's about the person who is making change and holding people accountable... It's about doing the right thing."

High School Principal Thomas Buczkowski also shared some remarks directly to the graduating class. One piece of advice was to realize that time goes by quickly.

"I was sitting in your spot 24 years ago," said Buczkowski. "So enjoy it, try to figure out who you are going to be, and go after it."

Two students were recognized during the ceremony. The College Connection's Student of the Year was presented to Alex Bogosian and the SD150 Scholarship was awarded to Hunter Bogosian.

Board of Education President Gregory Cole presented the Class of 2018 with their diplomas. Students were congratulated by members of the Board of Education and the district administration.

In closing, District Superintendent Todd Crandall thanked the audience for the trust the audience placed in the district.

"Thank you for sharing your children with us. As educators and the custodians of your children, we realize the enormous and immense responsibility we have," said Crandall. "We understand that this school is the very fiber of this wonderful community."

The students received a standing ovation from the audience as they left the auditorium as graduates of Silver Creek Central School.