continued “None of these things were a product of luck; we made them happen,” she said. “We don’t need luck. What we need is passion, determination and to be ourselves.”
Class speaker Carson Clabeaux thanked the assembled parents for their 12 years of support. “We, the Class of 2013, are here where we are and where we’ll go because of you,” he said.
The day’s keynote address was given by 2004 Cazenovia High School alumnus Nicholas Ciarelli, who founded the Apple news site “Think Secret,” helped launch The Daily Beast and is now working on a new web venture called BookBub. He graduated from Harvard University in 2008.
Ciarelli urged the graduates to figure out their passions, and then follow them.
“Choosing to do what you love can be so much harder than it sounds,” Ciarelli said. “There’s an inertia that can make it easier to ignore your dreams … Follow what you love as it unfolds — and don’t worry about the planning.”
After the presenting of awards and scholarships — and the Class of 2013 won a total of $1.5 million in college scholarships and logged 11,850 hours of community service during their time in high school, according to Principal Eric Schnabl — and a rendition of “For Good,” a song from the musical, “Wicked,” by the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir, Schnabl, Dubik and Board of Education President Fritz Koennecke presented the diplomas.
With a loud applause and cheer, the shifting of cap tassels from one side to the other and the tossing of graduation caps into the air, the Cazenovia High School Class of 2013 completed the day’s ceremonies and became a part of Cazenovia history.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.