Lyndonville grads enjoy the moment in a special ceremony
By Sue Cook, staff reporter
LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville Class of 2014 walked the auditorium stage Friday night for the district’s 74th commencement, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the school on Housel Avenue.
The Class of 1964 was invited to the ceremony to signify the importance of the event. The 1964 valedictorian, John Woodworth, and salutatorian, Constance Maines, were given an opportunity to address students.
“To anybody out there who might think they’re average,” said Maines, addressing the students, “you’re average in a school that is in the top 6 percent of schools in the country. So don’t let anything hold you back. The average here is superlative in many places.”
Forty two students earned their diplomas and walked the stage. Many of the students earned scholarships and awards with some receiving multiple accolades. Forty five scholarships were awarded in total.
Salutatorian Heather Mufford told the students how their lives were like puzzles. High school had completed part of the puzzle.
“The moment we move our tassels from the right to the left, we’ll earn that last connecting puzzle piece,” said Mufford. “We’ll have successfully completed the border to the puzzle that represents our life. High school was only the border to the puzzle, the foundation for the rest. There are still plenty of pieces to be sorted out of the box, which represents the future.”
Valedictorian Abigail Feldman was unable to attend the ceremony. She is attending a Distinguished Young Women scholarship event in Mobile, Alabama. Feldman made a recording of her speech, which was played for the audience.
“You have to take responsibility for you actions. Growing up means being able to say ‘I lost it,’ instead of ‘it got lost,'” Feldman said.
She continued with other life lessons. “Honesty is always the best policy. When you do the right thing, the majority of the time life will reward you.”
The school principal, Dr. Aaron Slack, told the students about how they should always do the right things when other people are not monitoring their lives and actions.
“I would say that many of your greatest successes as a class have come when you’ve taken the lead,” he said.
As each student crossed the stage, their names were announced loud and proud as if they were being called onto the field at a sporting event. It gave great importance to each name and the audience joined in by cheering.
“These kids are awesome,” Jennifer Trupo, vocal music teacher, said after the ceremony. “In one capacity or another I worked almost every single kid on that stage in the short time I’ve been here. The school is going to miss them a lot. We celebrate these kids. For every single one of them it is a major accomplishment. I love that Mark Hughes shouts their names and everyone cheers for them because they really should be celebrated.”