SILVER CREEK - As the 2013 graduates entered the auditorium Friday night with jubilant smiles, family and friends rose to their feet, clapping and cheering. This was the closing to a chapter of their being students at Silver Creek High School.
The 2013 graduating class took their seats as principal James Klubek welcomed family and friends to the special celebration for graduates and their families. During his opening remarks, Klubek mentioned how the class was far beyond excellent.
He also gave out some advice to the fellow graduates.
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Silver Creek graduates are congratulated by Mark Baldelli and Alison Gondek.
"Within the next week, do an act of kindness, and do not tell anyone you did it. Also, remember all of those who helped and supported you along the way."
Salutatorian of the class, Anna Hartinger, and Valedictorian Andrew Sweetman mentioned the comradery and care each person had, and they both believed that the bond should not fade away as each person heads toward their next journey in life. They also gave advice.
"Stay true to who you are, and never give up," said Hartinger.
Sweetman told the class to appreciate all the supporters along the way, including family, friends, teachers, and the time at Silver Creek.
Following the addresses by Hartinger and Sweetman was commencement speaker, and 2000 alumna, Emily Joy. She gave them five elements to think about while entering the next phases in their lives: take changes, absorb experiences, be self-reflective, learn from the bad, and life is far from where it can take you.
"Your next chapter may be whatever it desires to be," Joy said. "Remind yourself every day what you want from this world. You are all unique."
The ceremony ended with the much anticipated handing out of diplomas to the graduates. Once everyone received their diplomas, the graduating class was announced. Streamers, confetti, and hats flew into the air, and the crowd rose to their feet.
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