NEWCOMB - Former Newcomb Superintendent Dr. Barbara Kearns looked fondly over the class of nine that graduated from Newcomb Central School (NCS) on Friday as she encouraged them to "go for your dash."
Kearns, who came to NCS in 1998 and served as school superintendent for 15 years, returned to deliver the commencement address. She claimed that the dash in between the years that one lives is the most important part. It includes the things they accomplish and the memories that they collect.
"Find time for volunteering and community service," said Kearns. "Seek out friends that bubble you up."
Kearns referred to a Linda Ellis poem as she ensured the graduates that they are both valued by their home and capable of facing the world ahead of them.
During the ceremonies, awards were presented to the class of 2010 by Superintendent Skip Hults and class advisor Terri Smith. Diplomas were presented by Board of Education president Steve Freiman.
Hults personalized the evening by speaking directly to each graduate about the things they possessed that would help them to be successful in their post-NCS endeavors.
Valedictorian Shelby Poulton presented an address in acceptance of her scholastic honors.
"Our turn to play in the sand box is over," she said. "Things will never be the same again."
She spoke on behalf of her class in thanking the faculty and staff at NCS for support.
"We would not be up here today without all that you have done for us," she said.