Oneida seniors say 'goodbye'

A packed gymnasium this morning held the friends and family of Oneida High School seniors as the class of 2009 took their last few steps through the halls.

Principal Brian Gallagher honored the international students who attended the school and were graduating that day. He said their presence in the school enhanced the cultural experience within the school.

Gallagher wished the class the very best as they end one chapter and embark one another.

Class of 2009 salutatorian Jeffrey Myers livened up the crowd with his speech. He said he sought advice form different people as he prepared to write his speech, but soon gave up as some told him they had no idea what he should say.

To play it safe, he said he would thank everyone that attended and give some advice.

Also speaking at the ceremony was valedictorian Carrissa Bartlett, who said being at the high school had changed her into the person she is today. She shared some advice form her brother who told her to not worry about the future, but to think about today.

The ceremony aired live Saturday morning, but will also be televised at 7 p.m. Friday July 3 on Public Access Channel 99.

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