Class of 2016 Graduates

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The high school’s Class of 2016 graduated before families, friends, district administrators, board of education and staff members in attendance for the ceremony. The processional was followed by a rendition of the national anthem by senior members of the orchestra and concert choir and a performance of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” by the senior members of the concert choir.

Principal Jonathan Klomp spoke about the importance of uniqueness while Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone quoted Dr. Seuss in “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Senior class presidents Jennifer Hesser and Rhiannon McGloin spoke about the Class of 2016’s plans to plant a tree at the school and hang four bulldog posters in the hallways and district Superintendent of Schools Glen Eschbach quoted lyrics from Burt Bacharach’s song, “What the World Needs Now” during his speech. Salutatorian Kaitlyn Sparacio said she was confident that she and her students have the tools to succeed while valedictorian Alonzo Tabada urged students to remember actress Audrey Hepburn’s statement, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’”

Each year, the seniors collectively select one faculty member to deliver a speech at their graduation. The Class of 2016 selected English teacher Kimberly Maccarrone to speak at graduation, and she spoke affectionately to her beloved students.

Five students, Andrew DiGiacomo, Tan Duong, Tayla Fitzroy, Amanda Liantonio and Bryan Warno, were then honored for earning perfect attendance throughout all four years in high school. Each student received a certificate to commemorate the outstanding achievement.

With their loved ones applauding their major accomplishment, students had their names announced one by one, and each received the diploma he or she coveted for four years.