ELLENBURG DEPOT - During Northern Adirondack Central School's graduation June 26, Joshua Lashway, president and valedictorian of the class of 2009, and student speaker Warren Patterson, addressed their 75 classmates with a farewell to the 13 years they spent together.
"I knew last year, when I became class president, that this, delivering a speech at graduation, was my responsibility," began Lashway in his speech. "But ,what can I possibly say to my fellow peers, to our guests, that can even begin to explain the past 13 years?"
Patterson held similar sentiments in his speech when he said his classmates "will always share a special bond," having known one another for so long.
"For these 13 years, we have laughed together, cried together, made friends and enemies. Told secrets and stories," Patterson said. "For these 13 years we have learned from each other, played games, cracked jokes and just had fun. And more than anything else, we have learned to love one another like family. We have given each other memories that will last for the rest of our lives."
Overall, Lashway asked his classmates to not forget their time spent together through the years at NAC.
"These past 13 years have been both the best time and worst time of your lives," Lashway said. "To prove it, look at these people sitting around you - your peers have cried with you, laughed with you, and loved with you; they have witnessed you on a good day and a bad day; they know when to give you space and walk away, but they also know when [to embrace] you and hold you tight. These people are more than just faces you see everyday - these people have matched you and I step for step all along the way."
In the end, Lashway introduced his classmates to the audience as "uncomparable, unforgettable group of graduates that are random, weird, and spontaneous; individuals with attitudes, opinions, and personalities - people that I am proud to call my peers, the graduates of the class of 2009."