For the Recorder
NORTHVILLE -- Northville Central School graduated 100 percent of its senior class Friday night in the school's courtyard main entrance. Thirty-five students were individually recognized with awards before a fully-attended audience of family, friends, faculty, staff, school board members and community residents.
"You can in as a team and you are leaving as a team" said NCS interim Superintendent Debra Lynker, thrilled that all the graduates were present.
After a career spanning more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator, Lynker was proud to host her first successful outdoor graduation commencement on such a perfect evening.
Lynker was nearly moved to tears as she detailed her first experience last October dealing with this year's senior class.
"The came to me asking permission to enter the building on a Saturday" said Lynker. "They wanted to clean the school from top to bottom as a senior class project in memory of Bill Mazzoli, a beloved member of the custodial staff who had passed away. I knew right then the kind of students I had, and this was going to be a pleasure."
This years gift from the 2013 senior class to the school was a plaque of Mazzoli, recognizing him for his kindness, friendship and guidance as a mentor to all who attended Northville Central School.
NCS class of 2013 Valedictorian Sara Yetto and salutatorian Abigail Moore each addressed their classmates remembering their time together and expressing the importance of their futures.
The guest speaker was Sharon Marie Perrella, the media specialist at NCS, who began her speech by telling the senior class to sit up straight, throw out their gum, and pay attention to what she had to say. The students visibly sat up straight and paid attention as soon as she asked.
"Tomorrow will be here in less than five hours, and the dreams and determination may soon start wavering. So tonight for the last time, I say to each and every one of you -- pay attention to everything around you" said Perrella.
She went on to explain that their education has not ended, and they must pay attention to life around them and continue to learn.
The presentation of diplomas then took place as each student was announced by Lynker, greeted by Edinburg School Board President Cynthia Frasier, NCS School Board President James Beirlein, and presented their diplomas by NCS Principal Brian Bishop.