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Jan 08, 2017
GARDEN CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
On The LineOn The LineGRADUATION 2015 www.gardencity.k12.ny.us Vol. 16 No. 3
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!As if by the sheer will of hundreds of graduates and thousands of guests, the weather for Garden City High Schools 81st Annual Commencement held to a perfect breezy overcast for the Saturday, June 27th ceremony. Applause and cheers echoed across Warren King Field as each speaker, in turn, shared reflections and words of wisdom for the 307 members of the Class of 2015. From start to finish, the commencement was as elegant and stately as befitting the high schools ranking by U.S. News and World Report as the top public high school on Long Island. Congratulations to the Class of 2015, their parents, teachers, district and high school administration, and the dozens of behind-the-
scenes staff who made this years ceremony so successful!
Valedictorian Michael Crapotta & Salutatorian Kerri HeuserThe Class of 2015 Processional 2014-2015 Board of Education
Class Co-Presidents William Trimmer & Alexis Gogh lead the Pledge of Allegiance
High School Principal Nanine McLaughlin with Salutatorian Kerri HeuserThe Senior Chorale
Julia Maloney Scholarship Winner Elizabeth Butler
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert FeirsenValedictorian Michael Crapotta
Keynote Speaker Ms. Marie NuzziClass President Robert Menges received his
diploma from Vice President Angela HeinemanFormer Board Trustee Laura Brown
presented a diploma to her son ConnorTo view more images from Commencement 2015, click on the Photo Gallery tab on the high schools home web page.
Thank you and good morning - Dr. Feirsen and Central Administration, members of the Board of Education, Mrs. McLaughlin and high school administration, faculty and staff, this Class of 2015, our parents, relatives and friends. I feel truly blessed to address you on such an occasion. It is an honor to represent this incredible Class of 2015. As you may have heard, this is the first graduating class at Garden City High School in which everyone can claim to be number one. If this is news to you, I suggest you Google U.S. News to see that Garden City High School has been named the top school on Long Island. So, to all my classmates, lets put our hands together we are all number one!When I ponder the hard work it took to get to this point, I am reminded of a story I once heard. An ambitious young person approached his mentor, a master in every sense of the word, and asked, If I work incredibly hard and stay focused, how long will it take me to fulfill
my dreams of success? The mentor thought about the question and responded, Perhaps ten years. The student then asked, But what if I really, really apply myself? How long, then? The mentor replied, Well, twenty years in that case. The student exclaimed, I dont understand! I say I will work harder and you say that it will take me longer. How can that be? And the mentor said, When you keep one eye on the goal, you only keep one eye on the path. In our world of increasing technology, we often miss out on valuable face-to-face interaction. We are lucky to have had teachers who are willing to take the time to digress and lead us on the path to becoming responsible and compassionate citizens. Our teachers personal stories about their upbringings, their careers, and their family lives are invaluable. I hope that future graduates of this district are able to foster such friendships with their teachers, as these are the most meaningful moments of our education.Each of our high school memories revolves around interactions either with teachers or with each other. Its safe to say that we will not look back and remember tests or essays. However, we will remember the personal moments and the lighthearted advice the experiences along our path will always supersede any success we have.I know, at eighteen years old, I am in no position to offer advice. But, I will anyway. I stand here today because of the unending love and support of my grandparents, parents, brother, and all of my family. We must all realize that our path to success is a direct result of everyone in our lives. Kenny Chesney sings, [We] didnt get here alone, That roads just too rough and long, [We] might be the ones the spotlights on, But [we] didnt get here alone. We have made it this far because of all those we have encountered on our journey. And so, I leave you with one last quote. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. From my path, I have learned that our best resources lie within ourselves. We have the power to affect the outcome of our lives, to forge our path the way we want. Today, we look forward to what lies ahead once this summer turns to fall. As we take this world by storm, let us be mindful of each step on our path. The trail will always lead home to Garden City to the family we have here. But now, it is our time to get out there and make our mark on this crazy world! Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Thank you all and God Bless.
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