Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
Although the weather was uncooperative on the eve of Graduation 2009, Commencement Exercises came off without a hitch as the soon-to-be graduates of Glen Cove High School marched into the gymnasium to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the high school band under the direction of James Reardon.Family, friends, members of the board of education, administration, and staff all came out to celebrate the Class of 2009’s new beginning, as the next chapter in their lives lay before them.
The high school’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Ed Norris, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by Glen Cove’s alma mater, conducted by senior Meredith Baade.
Principal Keith Schenker welcomed the guests and addressed the senior class by stating, “All of you – discover who you want to be when you grow up. Your potential to grow is only limited by your ability to dream. Each and every one of you is significant to me. I wish you all the best for your future success.”
Antonia Kuhr, valedictorian of the Class of 2009, likened their journey to the next step in their lives to Star Trek, and said, “In some ways we are all space travelers. We graduates have a lot ahead of us. The key to victory can be found in every individual present here today. We have pluck, and grit, and vigor. Live long and prosper!”
Before the diplomas were awarded, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laurence W. Aronstein addressed the Class of 2009 by sharing a list of the “Top Five” rules to live by. He concluded by congratulating the graduates and wishing them well on the next phase of their lives.
As president of the board of education, Dr. Kurt Schmeller conferred the last diploma, Assistant Principal Allen Hudson confirmed the Class of 2009. The graduates turned their tassels and then tossed their hats into the air.