The Cicero-North Syracuse High School Class of 2010 held its commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday June 25 at the Oncenter's War Memorial in downtown Syracuse.
Hundreds of C-NS graduates walked across the stage as they accepted their diplomas and prepared for life after high school.
North Syracuse Central School District Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin gave the following message to the C-NS Class of 2010 in the Star-Review's June 16 graduation special section:
To the Northstars:
I have been privileged, with the exception of a five-year period, to observe this class since they first entered kindergarten in 1997.
The Class of 2010 has performed exceptionally well in academics, extracurricular activities, and athletics. In addition, members of the class have been very involved in community activities, including fund raising for many worthy causes, and helping those in need.
I wish them the very best in the years ahead.
They will be missed!
C-NS 2010 Valedictorian: Stephen DeSalvo
School Activities: Student Government, Principal's Cabinet, Class of 2010, DECA, Octagon Club, Math Honor Society
Other activities: NYS Council on Leadership & Student Activities, National Association of Student Councils, Junior Octagon-Optimist International of Atlantic Northeast
College plans: Syracuse University, major in chemical engineering
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Dwyer for business classes and Mr. Lindsay for chemistry classes
Favorite C-NS memory: Junior Day, when all of our classmates came together for social activities and dedication to our education at C-NS.
C-NS 2010 Salutatorian: Morgan Pratte
School Activities: Varsity volleyball four years, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, JV softball 8th and 9th grade
Other activities: Blast Volleyball Club Team 9th through 11th grade, Lockheed Martin Earth Day Cleanup 11th and 12th grade, employed at Rite Aide
College plans: University at Buffalo, major in pharmacy
Favorite teacher: Mr. Longo, my seventh grade biology teacher. He's a very inspirational and supportive teacher and I still keep in touch with him today.
Favorite C-NS memory: When I found out that I was chosen for the All Section III Team for volleyball as a junior. This was such an honor for me because I had put so much time and hard work into the sport.
Preparing to take the next step after graduation, are C-NS seniors Nicole Saccocci, 17, left, and Arial DeSalvo, 17, both of Cicero. For more photos of the Class of 2010 please see our photo reprint link on this page.
Photo by Farah Jadran Pike