Families, friends and honored guests welcomed the 139 members of the (CHHS) Class of 2012 as they marched on to the high school field in a stream of black and white to the sounds of bagpipes… and cheers from the spectators.
Class President Jolie Glickman welcomed members of the Board of Education, administration, parents, faculty, staff, and her fellow classmates and reminded the audience that community, unity and friendship are not things learned in a textbook and that the Croton community and the Croton-Harmon Schools are what molded her and all of her classmates into what they are today. “I want to say thank you to this town, to this school, and to all of you here today on behalf of the Class of 2012.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Fuhrman advised the Class of 2012 to use their education to pursue “extraordinary goals” and to focus on their future targets with “laser-light intensity, while staying on course, all the while, effecting positive change. “Remember you don’t change people’s behavior directly from the inside,” said Dr. Fuhrman. “Lasting change starts from the inside and makes it’s way out. You need to focus on what’s in people’s heads and hearts.”
Salutatorian Emily Groenendaal said, “I hope all of you work harder than you have ever worked before.” She advised the Class of 2012 to cherish every step in life and never take for granted anything. “Appreciate everything you see and touch. Appreciate every person you meet. Appreciate each mentor who enters your life. Appreciate everything you learn and experience, but most importantly, appreciate your friends.”
Croton-Harmon Options and Opportunities for a Senior Experience (CHOOSE) program advisor Dan Delany honored those students who have distinguished themselves in the CHOOSE program this year, which provides real on-the-job training, mentoring and placement to students in career fields of their interest.
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Class of 2012 Valedictorian Gabriella Whelan reminded her classmates that the learning does not stop here and that they must continue to improve by capitalizing on the resources that society has to offer, including the human resource. “By listening and remaining open minded you will continually learn from others,” said Gabriella, who referred to the Class of 2012 as a group of “open-talent individuals” and thanked all of the teachers for preparing them with the valuable skills necessary to succeed in life.
Before introducing the Class of 2012, CHHS Principal Alan Capasso beamed about the accomplishments of this group. “The Croton-Harmon Class of 2012 has excelled academically, musically, theatrically, and athletically…they have been recognized at the local, state and national level and have given back to the community by performing a record number of community service hours.”
Mr. Capasso also asked that the Class of 2012 exercise their right to vote in the upcoming national election and be active participants in democracy, overall. He also asked the class to applaud their parents for all of the support they have given them through their life and education, for which the soon-to-be-graduates gladly obliged.
With assistance from Class President Glickman and other Class of 2012 officers, Board of Education President Karen Zevin and Trustee Teri Lukin conferred diplomas to the graduates.
One by one the students proudly made their way across the stage to receive their diplomas and receive congratulations from Dr. Fuhrman, Mr. Capasso and Assistant Principal Mark Maxam. Once every diploma was awarded and the class was confirmed, caps were tossed into the air in celebration. The newest alumni of Croton-Harmon soon departed the field, equipped with the skills and values to meet the challenges that await them.
and also held graduation ceremonies for the eighth-grade and fourth-grade classes, respectively. Congratulations to all of the students moving up and the graduates moving on!