Whitesboro celebrates class of 2022

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WHITESBORO — Whitesboro High School’s graduating class of 2022 celebrated their hard work and achievement and going through the uncertainty of the pandemic with an in-person ceremony at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.

As the traditional graduation song “Pomp and Circumstance” played, students walked towards their seats as friends and family cheered them on.

The graduating class and attendees were serenaded by the Whitesboro High School Senior and Select Choirs and the Whitesboro High School Symphonic Band. The choirs sang the National Anthem, the school’s Alma Mater and “Louder Than Words” from the movie ‘Tick, Tick ... Boom!’ and the band played a medley of songs from ‘West Side Story.’ Many of the student musicians were graduating seniors playing along with their fellow students for one final time.

Whitesboro High School Principal Jeffrey Kuhn gave the opening remarks. Noting their academic achievements, overall friendly demeanor and their lack of needing discipline, Kuhn described the graduates as the best senior class since he’s been principal.

Representative of Highest Honors Graduates Esteban Onate, Jr. and Senior Class President Carson Cook both spoke to their fellow students offering them words of encouragement as they all move on to the next chapter of their lives.

"As we transition from the monotony of high school into the adventure of college or whatever next stage is presented to us, our definition of success will evolve," Cook said. "Regardless of our vision for success, ambition is paramount."

The Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Bellair, as well as the President of the Board of Education Michael Head and Vice President of the Board of Education Brian McQueen gave the final speeches to the graduating class before the students were finally able to walk up one by one and receive their high school diplomas.

To view a gallery of photos taken at the commencement ceremony, visit: romesentinel.com/stories/gallery-whitesboro-high-school-graduation-ceremony-june-18-2020,136481

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