Glen Cove’s Class of 2016 Graduates

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In what was a culmination of four years of hard work and dedication, the senior class at Glen Cove High School graduated in front of friends, family and members of the community during the annual commencement exercises on June 25.

Visitors cheered as the Class of 2016 marched onto the field to the high school band’s performance of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Principal Antonio Santana thanked the students for their hard work and commitment to excellence during their time in the Glen Cove City School District. Santana reflected on the last time he spoke at a graduation, which was at his own high school ceremony as class president in 1989. His remarks focused on success, the same topic he spoke about to his own class all those years ago.

“Success is not measured by the things you accumulate – cars, money, jewelry – but rather by the worth you gain as a human being,” he said. “Success is not labeled in titles; it’s labeled in good deeds.”  

Dr. Rianna described the graduates as an amazing group of individuals and wished them a long road filled with adventure and choices and rich with dreams that become a reality.

Board President Richard Maccarone reminded the class that Glen Cove was like family, while salutatorian Michelle Melfi encouraged the graduates to “fake it till you make it.” Honorarian Justin Sobelman thanked teachers, classmates, Google and Spark Notes. The Class of 2016 selected teacher Theresa McHale as guest speaker for the ceremony.

“The foundation that you have already established will give you the ability to accomplish whatever you set your mind to,” McHale said.

Valedictorian and class president Maria Krisch used fortune cookies in her valedictory address to offer classmates advice for the future. She encouraged her fellow graduates to chase down their passions, reminded them that nothing is over until you stop trying, and urged them to be generous and kind. She further noted that a person’s greatest fortune comes from the support base they have, and thanked her family for everything they had done for her.