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Lastly, I want to confide in all of you that success is directly proportional to optimism and the ability to dream. George Bernard Shaw once said that “You see things; and you say ‘why?’ I dream things that never were; and I say ‘why not?’” If we don’t dream what our futures want to entail, how will we attain the slightest inkling to reach that destination? The greatest power known to man is the power to dream. Who knows, you may just catch one of them throughout your life. The first step to attaining success is believing you have the ability to succeed. The world prefers common people. That is why there are so many of them. You all possess that fire to ameliorate the world for the better. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” Which category do you find yourself in now? If you aren’t content with whatever category you lie in, it is never too late to change course. A dream deferred is worth substantially more than a dream thrown away.

Stephanie DeRosa — Class of 2013 Salutatorian

My family isn’t originally from the Skaneateles area, but when my parents had me, and later my two sisters, they wanted to move to a better place. So my dad switched locations, we packed up our bags, and moved to the very very limits of the Skaneateles school district. Why? Because education and community are of value and Skaneateles has the highest quality of both these.

There’s a mural in the cafeteria of Waterman with a group of boys and girls holding hands in front of a little school house with the words “Waterman School: A Great Place to Begin.” I think their motto holds true for the entirety of Skaneateles schools. Everybody graduating today has strived for his or her own success, but as a class, we are the product of an excellent education system. Here every faculty member works hard for each little “win” for every individual student. Teachers care about, and tend to every student’s unique approach to school. They work to inspire their students into developing and fulfilling lifelong goals. Someone that has inspired me is Mr. Slauson. His classes are challenging. They can be really abstract, and he does a lot to make the tough parts of the curriculum make sense. He goes through notes, he gives several examples, he uses projects to stress the concepts, but he never gives away the answer. In doing this, he taught me how to think for myself and I realized I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. Guidance counselors raise awareness about a person’s ability when they pose the question: “So what’s next?” and work with the students to help them not only figure out the answer but also uncover further information about the student’s “next step.” Mrs. Rulhman is especially good with this, as she helped me on several occasions arrange a day of job shadowing. Without those experiences I cannot say for sure that I would have enrolled with a major in college.

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