Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
As the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” reverberated off the walls of Hofstra University’s arena, the 272 members of Plainedge High School’s graduating Class of 2009 marched to their seats of distinction with wide smiles while their family and friends cheered from the stadium’s seats.
Plainedge Principal Robert Amster welcomed those in attendance and commenced the ceremony by sharing his thoughts on the students’ educational journey through the school district and their past four years at the high school.
“You have once again surpassed the classes that came before you,” Amster said. “You are our future and I am confident that you will meet the challenges that are set before you with great success.”
Memories of times past and anticipation for what the future holds were the key messages behind the addresses given by Senior Class President Janine Pessah, National Honor Society President Vincent Pensato, Salutatorian Tara Bogseth, and Valedictorian Katelyn Jeffreys.
Additionally, Board of Education President Patricia Zinke and Superintendent Christine P’Simer shared their fond memories of the students’ time in Plainedge and recalled how they too enjoyed their high school experience.
“Tonight is a culmination of 13 years of hard work and marks the end of your time in the Plainedge School District,” said Ms. Zinke.
“We have watched you for the last four years grow into mature young adults and know you are ready for what lies ahead,” added Ms. P’Simer.
During the program the audience was entertained as members of the mixed choir performed “Your Song/For Good,” the jazz choir sang “Lullaby,” and the concert band played the “American River Song.”
As another special touch to the ceremony, New York State Senator Charles Schumer extended his congratulatory remarks to the soon-to-be graduates and encouraged them to always “go for it” and to not “let the fear of failure get in your way.”
One by one the graduates walked in front of the stage, where they were awarded their diplomas and congratulated by members of the Board of Education and administration. Finally, the certified Class of 2009 turned their tassels and joyfully tossed their caps high into the air.