PLATTSBURGH - As the Peru Central School seniors prepared to end their high school careers, both the salutatorian and valedictorian were there to remind their classmates that graduation is just one chapter of their lives.
During the ceremony, held at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House June 26, salutatorian Alex King reminded her peers that high school is "merely our starting point and it's time for us to take our first steps, to begin to draw our own lines."
"In which direction you travel, in what destination you head for, is your decision," she said. "But, if you ever get lost, take comfort in knowing you can always come back; back to when your best friend was your life line, back to the first time you fell in love, back to when you found an encouraging mentor and when you discovered the benefits of practice, perseverance and hard work, back to when you finally started to discover yourself and establish your own identity. Remember to always hold on to your best times so, if you ever get lost somewhere down the road, you can wander back to them, back to here, back to start."
Valedictorian Michael Novelli recognized Peru was also a place to come back to, no matter how far you move.
"Even if you move to California and your family moves to Florida, the little town of Peru, New York, will always be a home for you," he said. "There will always be friends here and there will always be memories. If ever you feel lost or scared, this is the place that will keep you safe."
Diplomas were distributed to 165 seniors of PCS.