Story by A.J. Arias
Seventy-two students received their diplomas at the 2018 Greenwood Lake Middle School Graduation ceremony on Thurs., Jun. 21.
During the festivities, Principal Jeffery Golubchick led the crowd through an itinerary that included performances of the national anthem by the school’s Jazz Band and the American Authors song, “Best of Day of My Life,” by the school’s chorus, as well as the presentation of awards to many of the exemplary graduates.
Golubchick gave the first speech of the ceremony urging students to make connections with adults in high school, sharing with the graduates the importance of having a mentor.
Class President Jack Cureless gave an optimistic speech saying, “Our generation will change the world for the better.”
Salutatorian Alexandra Coard quoted A.A. Milne, the author of “Winnie the Pooh,” when speaking about goodbyes and said, ‘“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
Valedictorian Stefanie Sommer gave her peers advice during her speech by telling them the importance of time management in high school. She shared her own struggles with the topic in regard to managing being on the Warwick Valley High School varsity swim team and a student.
Thirteen students finished with a high honors distinction meaning they finished with a 95 or higher GPA and 19 students were inducted in the National Junior Honor Society. Along with those distinctions, multiple awards were given out to acknowledge the achievements of the graduation class.
Awards were given out in several different areas including academic achievement and character driven awards. A few of the winners include: Francisco Velez who won an award for leadership, Isabel Trevisano was awarded for her school spirit, Christian Casse was awarded for character, Jesse Fernandez was awarded for his volunteer work, and Adam Miller received the Dale Hirrel memorial award for exemplifying Hirrel’s love for life.
Graduates of the Greenwood Lake Middle School will have to make the decision to go to either the Chester Academy or Warwick Valley High School to continue their public school education. The decision and the inevitable split up of the graduating class were highlighted in many of the speeches at the ceremony.