SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Scarsdale High School 2012 graduation ceremony saluted one of the most dedicated and unique graduating classes the school has seen in recent years.
Although many of Friday's speakers used motivational motifs common at commencements, a great deal of attention was also paid to the efforts the Class of 2012 has made in re-establishing school traditions that have faded over the past few years as well as the example they have set for graduating classes to come.
Class President Alexander Altieri described the Class of 2012 as a particularly amazing group. Altieri, who will attend Washington University in St. Louis with 10 of his classmates, said that the respect they have had for one another as well as the drive to push themselves to a new level really set them apart. One example of this was bringing back the annual homecoming.
The homecoming, which had not been celebrated for the past five years due to students poor conduct and fading interest, was brought back this year as a result of increased work and enthusiasm. According to Altieri, the Class of 2012 makes underclassmen obligated to follow in their footsteps.
Assistant Principal Sue Peppers also commented that the Class of 2012 stands out particularly for these reasons. Non sibi (Latin for To serve your community) is the school motto and this is something Peppers believes that these students have taken to heart.
The ceremony, though relatively short, was also plagued by severe weather. Although many spectators endured the heat and stuck it out to enjoy the proceedings, two individuals had to be put on stretchers and treated by EMTs due to heat exhaustion.
Schools Superintendent Michael V. McGill summed it up best by stating that graduations are not called culminations, but commencements, and that he wishes the Class of 2012 the best of luck. At those words, the graduates tossed their caps into the air.
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