Lyndonville graduates celebrated at commencement
Press Release, Lyndonville Central School
LYNDONVILLE – The Stroyan Auditorium was full of excitement, accomplishments and pride on Friday when 53 members of Lyndonville’s Class of 2015 graduated.
The commencement ceremony featured performances by Lyndonville musicians, speeches by students and Lyndonville administrators, scholarship announcements and the presentation of diplomas to Lyndonville’s newest alumni.
Valedictorian Rebekah Hoffee and Salutatorian Leann Balcerzak each took a turn at the podium, addressing their classmates and those in attendance. Balcerzak focused her speech on embracing the future while honoring the past. Hoffee’s speech had a theme of perseverance and included references to “The Little Engine that Could.”
Superintendent Jason Smith spoke to the students about the willingness to succeed despite adverse conditions. Smith referenced “The Blue Spruce” by former Gov. Mario Cuomo and gave each of the graduating seniors a small faux blue spruce tree with orange roots, to symbolize the students’ beginnings in Lyndonville.
Musical performances by seniors included “The National Anthem,” “I Lived” by One Republic and the Lyndonville Alma Mater.
In the end, all senior had their time in the spotlight as their names were read by teacher and coach Mark Hughes and they walked across the stage.