June 25, 2016
"There is so much I want to say to you today," Superintendent Susan Swartz told the 169 Class of 2016 graduates during commencement ceremonies at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady today. "I want to give you these gifts today."
She said she hoped students would carry with them these gifts: kindness, a sense of wonder, perseverance, humility and the gift of love. "Most things worth having will not come easily. Embrace struggle and persevere."
Graduate Leslie Sawyer, in her speech entitled "Enjoy the Ride," told her fellow students that high school was like riding a bike - you gain confidence and support as each year passes. She described her own experience learning to ride a bike:
"When I first learned how to ride a bike, my parents pushed me down the driveway. My dad originally told me that he was holding on to the back of my bike, which I soon realized was a lie. Once I discovered that I was riding all by myself, I was ecstatic. So ecstatic, that I forgot to look in front of me. I crashed into a parked car.
"But here's the thing, everybody falls down every once in awhile. What defines who we are is what we decide to do after we fall. If we stay down, we are setting ourselves up for failure. If we decide to get back on the bike, we are that much closer to success," she told students and parents today. "It is important to surround yourself with people who will help pick you up. Those people can be found right now, surrounding us. They are our friends, family, teachers, and community. They are the people that will not let us fail."
She was introduced to the audience by retiring guidance counselor Debbie May.
Graduate Zachary Ladouceur, in his speech entitled "This is Not the Moment, It's the Movement," told students to continue to be creators, as they have for the past four years. To look beyond themselves.
"I have come to understand that we are a generation of creators. We are inventors, innovators, artists and athletes all in our own right, whether we realize it or not," he said.
"This class has so much potential to do great things, and to create revolutionary ideas. In a country so absorbed with pop stars and harsh political rhetoric, it is easy to forget the true impact we can have if we remain diligent, curious, and selfless. It is up to us to create the change that we want to see," he told the graduates.
"Regardless of where you started, or where you’re going, you are no further ahead or behind than the person sitting next to you. Take a moment to notice that we are all wearing the same thing. In this moment, right now, we are all equal, we are all creators. If today is the first day of the rest of our lives, then it's important to note that we’re all starting together," he added.
He was introduced to the audience by music teacher and Choralaires director Jessica Crisci.
These students received Departmental Medals at graduation, signaling that the student "completed a sequence in the subject, excelled academically, demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm which is indicative of continued interest and success in the field."
Recipients of the Departmental Medals were:
ENGLISH - Carolyn Senneca
LANGUAGE - Kelsey Jessup
MATHEMATICS - Carolyn Senneca
SCIENCE/HEALTH - Lisa Smith
SOCIAL STUDIES - Carolyn Senneca
ART - Lily Holcombe
BUSINESS EDUCATION - Morgan Wanmer
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - Hannah Deetz
MUSIC - Zachary Ladouceur
OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION - Laura Ciotoli
PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Kelsey Jessup
TECHNOLOGY - Nicholas DeGraff
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Board of Education recognizes retiring staff members and outstanding students
The Board of Education this evening honored nine staff retiring staff members (who have 209 years of experience between them).
In addition, board members recognized six outstanding students during a special ceremony. [Read MORE]
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Congratulations to Scotia-Glenville High School's 2016 Scholastic Medal Honor Award recipients
Congratulations to the 11 Class of 2016 Scholastic Medal Honor Award recipients!
The medals are given to the members of the graduating class who have completed their studies with the highest achievement. They will receive the medals at graduation on June 25 at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady.[Read MORE]
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Here are some photos from today's graduation. Click on the image to enlarge it.