BEEKMANTOWN - The future has nothing but endless possibilities in store if you ask the featured speakers at this year's graduation at Beekmantown Central School.
Valedictorian Colleen Nicole Bradley first noted in her speech June 24 that there was not one senior alike in this year's graduating class and that each was "very different."
"Some of us were champion athletes. Some of us excelled at CV-Tec learning all sorts of trades. Some of us performed on stage. Others of us excelled in our studies. And some of us created beautiful artwork that was showcased around school," she said. "Yet, we all have one thing in common - today we are all graduating from Beekmantown High School."
The graduation ceremony marked the beginning of a journey for each student to make their own mark on the world, said Bradley. It's a journey she said she has the utmost confidence will be successful for each graduate.
"I know that we all have what it takes to be successful," said Bradley. "I hope that each one of my fellow graduates will remember to always strive for the inward success: the greatest success of all."
Student Council president Devon Anderson said the journey that each student has already traveled - the journey through the completion of high school - has been an unbelievable short one in some respects.
"It seems like just moments ago I was walking through these hallways. Maybe it's because I was. But what a relief that it's over," said Anderson. "Although I can't lie, this place has been good to us."
High school, as wonderful, or as horrible as it's been, said Anderson, is only the beginning.
"It is only the tip of the iceberg, so get ready to begin discovering the world because there are a lot of people, and a lot of experiences out there waiting for us to meet them head on," said Anderson.
When questioning what will happen after high school, class president Benjamin Smith, provided a little insight.
"For some, the next steps include fun, happiness, and excitement while trying to figure out how to pay for their large debts and how to heat up their microwave dinners," he said, with his remarks met with laughter. "Others will go through some of the best years of their lives with nothing but smiles on their faces while being pushed by loving and caring drill instructors at boot camp ... Others will enthusiastically decide to go straight into the workforce during such a thriving economy with an endless supply of employment. Yes, life after high school will be the greatest of times."
Each students has a new door to open as they embark on the next chapter of their life, said Smith.
"But, no matter how many doors I open and doors that I close, I know that my friends, family, and the great establishment I like to refer to as Beekmantown High School will always keep their doors open for me," he said.
"I know it's cliche to say that we're ending a chapter in our lives tonight but it's true," said student speaker Emily Morrison. "We're about to move onto the next one and whether that means we're going to college, or starting to work right away, we are becoming adults so we have to cherish every moment along the way in our journeys."
"As our lives move on and we build families and careers, none of us will ever forget this day," added Morrison.