Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00
It was a proud day for the Massapequa Public School District community as 595 graduates of the Class of 2009 celebrated the conclusion of high school and the beginning of the next phase of their lives. This year’s commencement took place at Hofstra University, where proud families and friends gathered to witness students receive their hard-earned diplomas, and in some instances, recognition for numerous outstanding accomplishments.
Massapequa’s graduates leave behind an impressive legacy, garnering $23,462,332 in scholarship monies and grants. Additionally, 25 percent of the Class of 2009 received Regents diplomas, while 71 percent earned Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation. Ninety seven percent of the graduates will move on to higher learning while the remaining students will face the challenges offered in the workforce or the military.
Following the processional, which featured musical accompaniment by the high school band directed by David Gaines and Robert Giannotti, the senior members of the Chamber Singers gave a stellar performance of America the Beautiful. Co-Presidents of the Class of the 2009, T.J. Kelly and Matthew Weyer shared outstanding memories of their years spent at Massapequa High School – Main Campus. The address delivered by Salutatorian Alexander Novet focused on the many advances in technology over the years and the resulting opportunities that are available to the graduates. “I believe we can do even better than those before us,” he stated. “In this world, we have too many options to let them go to waste.”
Linda Yeung, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2009, reminded her peers of the importance of their formative years in high school. “When you embark on the next chapter of your life, don’t forget those things you learned during your years at Massapequa High School,” she stated, citing a morning announcement that was played in the building each day: “Always have a productive day.” Linda explained that although they heard this message every day, there is a profound truth to the statement. “Don’t let any day go to waste,” she stated in her parting words. “Never give up on anything you seek to accomplish, and find your destiny.”
Principal Dr. James J. Grossane and the Board of Education took obvious pride in presenting departmental awards and medallions to scores of deserving graduates, and also called to the podium 80 students who qualified to receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Vice Principals Dr. Thomas A. McKillop and Robert J. Piotrowski presented the graduates along with Senior Class Advisor Nicole Zapulla. Superintendent of Schools Charles V. Sulc presided over the awarding of diplomas as members of the Board of Education congratulated each proud graduate.
By the end of the ceremony, graduates couldn’t contain their excitement as Dr. Grossane gave his final parting words – “Class dismissed!” – to the graduates. As graduation caps soared, so did the hopes of the Class of 2009 as they left their commencement and faced a new and promising path in their lives.