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Manhasset HS class of 2013

embarks on new life stage

Under a blue sky, as the setting sun washed orange and pink tones across the horizon, Manhasset High School celebrated its 93rd commencement, on June 21. Proud family and friends filled the audience, while members of the graduating class made their way to the grandstand eager to start the next chapter in their lives. 

“We are so excited and the journey is just beginning!” exclaimed Stacey and Peter Burger, parents of graduating senior Cameron. It was clear from the sunny faces in the audience that many felt the excitement of the bright future for these graduates.

The commencement program was filled with moments of levity together with moments of reflection. “Make your life a story worth reading,” said Valedictorian Nicholas Fiacco, “and perhaps one day, someone might just write about it.”

“The inspirations that are planted at home and in the classroom have the invaluable ability to develop, to be nurtured and grow when students are meaningfully engaged in our community,” said Regina Rule, vice president of the board of education, as she gracefully accepted the class gift: a scoreboard. “Not only does your gift benefit our schools and our students, but also benefits the greater Manhasset community.”

One by one, graduates accepted their diplomas, beginning what will be a long, wonderful journey—befitting on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The ceremony came to an end with each student turning his or her tassel, and more importantly, turning a new chapter in life.

“It is the journey, not the destination that really matters,” Fiacco said.