Hats Off to the Glen Cove High School Class of 2011

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Families, friends and honored guests welcomed the 155 members of the Glen Cove High School (GCHS) Class of 2011 as they marched into the high school gymnasium, donning the traditional green and white gowns. Cheers from the audience filled the room, complemented by a graceful rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Glen Cove High School Band and led by Director James Reardon and Conductor Edward Norris.

Class President Andrew Sakhaee began the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance and followed with the national anthem, which was performed by the Glen Cove High School Concert Choir and led by Mr. Norris. Senior Mario Marin followed by performing the school’s Alma Mater:

“Rah for Glen Cove High School,
All hail to thee,
Dear Alma Mater,
We will loyal be,
Ever let thy glory,
Shine for ages long,
Three cheers for Glen Cove High,
Will be our song.”

Glen Cove High School Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton followed, calling the Class of 2011 “the most amazing class I have seen” and advising the group to “always remember where you come from and what you stand for in life.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria compared life to artistry. “Make your life a masterpiece…imagine yourself as a painter of life before a vast white canvas,” he told the class, reinforcing that each of them can create their own lives and control their own destinies. “Each moment is a brush stroke in the painting of your career,” added the Superintendent, who enclosed a personal message to the graduates with every diploma awarded.

Salutatorian Carly Baron admitted that had she asked classmates to help her with her speech by requesting many of them to provide her with one word that described their four years at Glen Cove High School. She later realized that there were too many different words to encapsulate all of the positive experiences.

Carly also shared how terrified she was on the first day of school and how after performing in her first play, she realized that she wanted to pursue studies and a career in the fine arts.  She also admitted that she is still scared, but that the support system in the school district has prepared her and her classmates for the future. “We are all truly ready,” said Carly. “We will take what we learned here, add to it, grow with it, and use it to change the world.”

Honorarian Katherine Serrano-Sosa recalled her first day in the U.S., arriving at JFK International Airport four years ago after growing up in El Salvador. She spoke about learning a new language, assimilating to a new culture and achieving success. “I learned that work and perseverance can take someone a long way,” said Katherine, who told her classmates that money is not the true determinant of success.

 “If there are ever any doubts, look to your passions to determine who you are,” added Class of 2011 Valedictorian Rahul Nath, who encouraged his classmates to use their experience at Glen Cove High School to “be different, be innovative and be bold.”

Faculty speaker Teresa McHale thanked all of the parents in the audience for doing “the hardest job in the world.”

Prior to conferring the diplomas to the Class of 2011, Dr. Laria awarded honorary diplomas to retiring Board of Education member Frank Bouzza and Glen Cove High School staff members James Reardon, Emily Bradford and Vicki Sanders.

Then, one by one, Assistant Principal Allen Hudson announced the names and accomplishments of each member of the Class of 2011 as they approached the front of the room to receive their diplomas and congratulations from Dr. Hinton, Dr. Laria and the entire Board of Education.

Once every diploma was awarded and the class was confirmed, Mr. Hudson instructed the class to turn their tassels, officially declaring the Class of 2011 graduated. Caps were tossed into the air in celebration. The newest alumni of Glen Cove High School soon departed, equipped with the skills and values to meet the challenges that await them.