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The Westbury Times - Schools

Hats Off To Our Seniors!

Carle Place Class of 2013 Celebrates Graduation

A common theme was shared among the speakers of the 57th annual Carle Place High School Commencement of just how lucky the graduates of the class of 2013 are to have gained their remarkable accomplishments in spite of graduating in the year of the unlucky number 13.

Valedictorian Dhara Kadakia, opened her speech by defining triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13.

“Some of us might have thought we were jinxed and worried about how we would turn out,” Kadakia said.

Labeled as the “unlucky 13” the class’s first and last days of the school year were even accompanied by pouring rain, which Kadakia said in her speech could not dampen the class’s spirits.

Superintendent David J. Flatley said that when Hurricane Sandy hit this past year, it seemed as if the class was off to an unlucky start. The class’s relief efforts toward victims as well as their various volunteer works throughout the year proved that this class was anything but unlucky.

“Members of this class shoveled driveways and walkways for some of our senior citizens. If character is measured best by what we do when no one is watching, then this was character in action” Flatley said.

Putting all jinx rumors to rest, the graduation ceremony took place on a bright and sunny morning with a processional followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Class President Adam Christel. The senior vocal octet, which included Joni Christel, Gianna Caramanica, Emma Senk, Emily Lang, Emily Rice, Jinju Won, Adam Christel, and Michael LoGrasso, sang an acapella rendition of the national anthem.

The welcome address was led by President of the Carle Place Board of Education Barry M. Dennis, followed by the salutatory address by Alyssa Acierno, who drew upon the classic tale Cinderella for inspiration for her salutatory address. Acierno shared that graduates should strive to obtain their own fairy tale endings using the knowledge that Carle Place High School has instilled.

The farewell address was done by senior Samantha Burden and the ceremony ended with the presentation of the senior class and diplomas by Principal Thomas DePaola. Traditional marching songs performed by the Carle Place High School Band accompanied the recessional.