School officials in the region are making final plans for their upcoming graduation ceremonies.
•Long Lake Central School: Graduation starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22. The guest speaker will be high school social studies teacher Robert Reynolds. The salutatorian is Zachary Ruland. There is no valedictorian this year, as nobody qualified (GPA in the 90s).
•Newcomb Central School: The highest profile guest speaker in the region will be Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh), who will talk to the Newcomb Central School Class of 2012 on Saturday, June 23. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and includes an award ceremony and video presentation. The valedictorian is Marlena Peter and salutatorian is Rebecca Bolan.
School Superintendent Clark “Skip” Hults said Owens is interested in the district’s international program. Thirteen students from abroad attended the school during 2011-12.
“We kind of hit a home run with that one,” Hults said of signing up Owens as the guest speaker. “He’s been a real supporter of our programs.”
•Minerva Central School: Graduation starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23. The guest speaker will be former school superintendent Ann Jaeger.
The ceremony will include an awards presentation and slide show. District officials will also recognize outgoing School Board member Lester Sternin, whose term ends at the end of June. The valedictorian is Tara Galusha and salutatorian is Dylan Saville.
•Indian Lake Central School: Graduation starts at noon Saturday, June 23 in the school gymnasium. There will not be a guest speaker, but the ceremony will include a song performed by the senior class and an awards ceremony. The valedictorian is Alyssa Marie Cuthbert and salutatorian is Richard Corrow.
•Johnsburg Central School: Graduation starts at 2 p.m. in the school cafetorium. The valedictorian is Chelsea Gazaille and salutatorian is Meghan Sponable.