Congratulations, Class of 2015!

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The impending rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2015 as they congregated with family members, administrators and Board of Education members at J.C. Maiden Field for their commencement ceremony on June 27.

During the ceremony, which was highlighted by musical selections from the school’s concert choir and band, administrators and student leaders offered words of encouragement and advice to the graduating class as they readied to enter the next phase of their lives.
Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro reminded students that they were guaranteed to miss 100 percent of their shots in life if they didn’t take risks. “I wish all of you the courage to fully engage in the larger world you are about to enter,” she said. “I hope you find the passion in your life that makes you willing to take the risks needed to pursue your dreams.”

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna told students that their graduation from high school signified the beginning of their journey to adult life. “It’s a journey to be savored every step of the way,” she said. “Along the way you will encounter possibilities. Those possibilities can bring to you adventure, beauty, contributions and goodness. What you take from those possibilities should be things that are truly important and help you discover the joy, the passion, the purpose and the meaning in every day of your life.”

Board of Education President Richard Maccarone described the Glen Cove community as one big happy family and expressed his confidence that the Class of 2015 will be successful in their future endeavors. “You are prepared to do anything you set your mind to,” he said. “You can achieve your dreams. There is no doubt in my mind that you can be successful, but always remember Glen Cove. The people of Glen Cove will be with you every step of the way, cheering you on for greater success.”

Salutatorian Jenny Armstrong spoke to students about engaging in the game of life. “As you may have figured out,” she said, “life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw, the game is in progress whether we want it to be or not, so go ahead — argue with the refs, change the rules, take a break and tend to your wounds, but play. Play hard, play fast, play loose and play free.”

Other speeches were given by honorarian Ali Raza, teacher Christopher Contorno, Class President Elias Gabriel Argueta Guillen and valedictorian Andrew Gerin, who encouraged his classmates to keep their families and friends close.

 “As you grow in age and move on, be sure to keep your family and friends relevant,” Gerin said. “No matter what you say or how stupid you act, these are the people who will always forgive you.”

The ceremony concluded with the awarding of diplomas and the traditional tossing of the caps.