Class of 2013 bids farewell to Cazenovia High School

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If the many embroidered, painted and bedazzled mortarboards on display during Cazenovia High School’s 82nd Commencement are any indication, members of the Class of 2013 plan to leave an indelible mark — wherever life leads them next. In keeping with district tradition, the school held its graduation ceremony on the tree-ringed front lawn of Cazenovia Middle School on Saturday, June 22, beneath briliant blue skies. There were 138 candidates for graduation. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 10.48.12 AMThe 138-member Class of 2013 graduated from Cazenovia High School on Saturday, June 22. CLICK the image to watch a photo slideshow from Graduation Day. 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.” “All of your dreams can come true,” Mr. Dubik continued, “if you have the courage to pursue them. And if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” In her speech, class valedictorian Jessy Silfer confessed she was nervous at first about graduating in 2013 — a seemingly unlucky number.  But on the first day of school, when administrators announced a water main break would force the cancellation of classes the next day, her luck seemed to be changing. Then she listed a string of accomplishments members of the class went on to achieve in the 2012-13 school year, including regional, section and statewide athletic titles, an Academic Decathlon statewide win, many FFA awards and a “fantastic production” of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” by the drama club. Those many feathers in Cazenovia’s cap had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard work, she said. “Good luck, Class of 2013,” she said. “But I know you won’t need it.” Class speaker Carson Clabeaux thanked the assembled parents for their willingness to sit in uncomfortable folding chairs for the past 12 years, including the 1,200 white plastic seats assembled on the middle school lawn and those “cold, hard, aluminum Fennell field bleachers.” “We do truly and gratefully thank all of you,” Mr. Clabeaux said. “We thank you for your love. We thank you for your patience. We thank you for your support.” The ceremony also included a keynote address 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,” Mr. 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 too much about the plan.” 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, Principal Eric Schnabl said. Also attending the ceremony were Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong, Board of Education members Fritz Koennecke and Jan Woodworth and Assistant Principal for Cazenovia High School Susan Vickers. The Cazenovia High School Brass Ensemble performed the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance”; the Cazenovia High School Chamber Choir sang “For Good,” a song from the musical, “Wicked.” Click here to watch a photo slideshow of the Class of 2013 Commencement.  

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