CROWN POINT - Crown Point Central School holds fond memories for the Class of 2010.
"I could go on and on all night talking about the memories that we've made together, but I won't," said valedictorian Noel Vezzi during commencement exercises June 25. "It's those 'you had to be there' moments, the things that happen that no one understands unless they were there, that make high school so great.
"Each one of us has their own unique memories from this year and years past," she said. "When everything around us changes, our memories will always remain."
Vezzi thanked parents and teachers for their help and offered advice to underclassmen.
"To the underclassmen: you may sit around hating school and wishing you could graduate and move on to bigger and better things, but you have to enjoy it while it lasts," Vezzi said. "Trust me, it goes by a lot faster than you think. Before you know it, you'll be in the same place as us, wondering where the time went and wishing it had slowed down just a little."
Vezzi closed by thanking her classmates.
"Thank you for all of the memories we've made and the moments we've shared together," she said. "Even though we fight and argue all the time, we've become like a family, and I'll miss being here with all of you. High school may be over, and we're each going our separate ways, but we will always be the Crown Point Central School Class of 2010."
This year's Crown Point graduates are like a family, according to salutatorian Erika Wolf. She compared the class to the characters in this year's school play, You Can't Take It With You.
"It is the story of an eccentric family who is so cut off from the rest of the world that they don't realize just how different they are from everyone else," she said. "They just do whatever they want and the most important thing to them is each other. It is a story about having a purpose in life and what it really means to be happy.
"Even though we might not be very eccentric, I guess you could say that this class is very similar to the family from the play," Wolf said. "We all have our own interests and we always support each other no matter what we are doing.
"This is where I feel we are most similar to the family from the play," she said. "By celebrating their own individual talents, they found that true happiness comes from within and acceptance of others. As we are about to graduate and set off in different directions, we leave knowing the worth of our own abilities. Through the education we have received here at Crown Point, we have been given a wonderful gift. We have been allowed to cultivate our differences. We are most grateful for this gift and for the many to come. It is my hope that, instead of keeping our talents to ourselves, we will share them with everyone we meet and not be ashamed to brag."
The ceremony included the presentation of scholarships and awards to the class of 23 graduates along with the traditional presentation of flowers.