Written by Tab Hauser Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00
It was a beautiful first day of summer for the 389 seniors who marched to beat of Pomp and Circumstance for graduation day at Schreiber High School.
Principal Ira Pernick welcomed the students, parents and friends saying that they had hoped for a day like this but did plan for bad weather. His speech expanded on the theme of planning, how it is important to plan, but to also allow for change.
“Program your GPS and then miss the next turn-off,” he exhorted. “Let the GPS recalculate and find another route.”
Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney used a rainbow theme in her speech, asking the students to “define your own end of the rainbow.” She encouraged students to thank their parents, teachers and administrators.
The commencement address was given by Benjamin Scheckner, who was very laid back in a pair of green sneakers. He had the students’ attention with a good mix of humor and serious thought post-high school.
School Board President Karen Sloan urged students to think about more than just academics, saying, “kindness counts... and has no boundaries.”
In a poignant moment, Principal Pernick went off the program to award a posthumous diploma to Brittany Barron, who would have graduated this day but died in 2004 due to an illness. Three teary-eyed senior girls came up and accepted the diploma in Brittany’s honor, leaving many in the crowd with a lump in their throat. After the speeches students got up one by one in a quick and orderly fashion. The names were announced, they stepped up to get their diplomas, and then with a whoosh, they threw their hats in the air and embarked on a new phase of life.