Cazenovia The 138-member Class of 2013 graduated from Cazenovia High School on Saturday, June 22, amid temperate weather and blue skies, watched and celebrated by more than 1,000 family and friends. In keeping with district tradition, the school held its 82nd annual commencement ceremony on the tree-ringed front lawn of Cazenovia Middle School.
“Be proud and continue to set high goals … never, ever give up on your dreams,” High School Principal Eric Schnabl told the graduates. “There will always be a little bit of blue and gold in each and every one of you.”
The ceremonies began as the blue-gowned graduates, all carrying yellow roses, proceeded from the main doors of the high school to their seats near the stage amid the “Pomp and Circumstance” processional music played by the Cazenovia High School Brass Ensemble. The national anthem was then sung by graduate candidates Kathleen Connellan and Kelsey Henderson.
Superintendent of Schools Robert Dubik congratulated the class for its many achievements, both inside the classroom and out, and urged the graduates to face whatever challenges lay ahead with “courage, determination and an open mind.”
“You are a part of Cazenovia school district history,” he said. “You have achieved much, but the best is yet to come.”
In her class greeting, valedictorian Jessy Silfer wondered about the seemingly unlucky number “13” carried by the Class of 2013, but said, “Instead of allowing the year to dictate to us, we accomplished a lot for our district and our community. We made 2013 a lucky year.”
She listed a string of accomplishments the members of her class achieved during the 2012-13 school year, including regional, section and statewide athletic titles, an Academic Decathlon statewide win, many FFA awards and the “fantastic production” of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” by the drama club.