MINERVA - Nine students, including one BOCES graduate walked the halls of Minerva Central School for the last time June 26 after an intimate graduation ceremony.
MCS's 85th commencement ceremony was a day of pride and accomplishment combined with sadness as the members of the Class of 2010 went their separate ways.
"Our teachers both challenged and encouraged us to excel, and will continue as we move on to new lives and adventures," said salutatorian Kailyn Rae D'Avignon as she spoke on behalf of her class.
D'Avignon mentioned each of her teachers individually and thanked them for their contributions to the class's success.
MCS principal Heidi Kelly took the podium and challenged the graduates to find their places in the world. She waved the students' kindergarten report cards in front of the audience, and used these reports as a baseline for what the class had accomplished and could yet accomplish.
"Our planet's in need of people who care - acting responsibly is part of what you are," she said. "Go out in the world and play nicely with others."
Future plans vary for the Class of 2010 - some will be moving on to college and others will be entering the workforce. Despite what these plans include, valedictorian Tim Fabin ensured his fellow classmates they "CAN" become the people they long to be.
He also spoke of kindergarten, elementary school, the middle school years, and their high school experiences.
"What could I have done to better myself over the past 12 years? Should I have worked harder to achieve success? What will my life away from Minerva Central School be like?," he asked.
These are not easy questions, acknowledged Fabin. But, they are important ones.
"The past and present will help guide us into the future. Take the time to think about your past, make any changes you need, and lean forward into your life, " he said.
The ceremony concluded with a senior video, highlighting each graduate with individual photos. Superintendent Tim Farrell pronounced the class graduated and sent them off into a world.