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The Altamont enterprise. (Altamont, N.Y.) 1983-2006, July 08, 2004, Image 1

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liiiii^S'^MLilbLifeR^v DO NOT CLIP ANYTHING from newspapers. This is defacing library property, and anyone found doing this will be held responsible for the cost of the items defaced ********************************************** Albany County's Independent Newspap Guilderland By Melissa Hale-Spencer ALBANY — . Guilderland's graduation ceremony opened with a solemn moment — com- memorating Christine Davies, who had died when she fell from a horse'last year. The convention center at the Empire State Plaza was pin-drop quiet last Sunday morning as the more than 400 graduating seniors silently re- membered their classmate. The ceremony closed with a heartfelt speech delivered by a beloved teacher that brought the graduates — cheering and ap- plauding — to their feet. The young men in robes of red, the young women in gowns of white clapped loud and long for En- glish teacher Michael Pipa. In between, they heard •speeches both serious and hu- morous and listened to the high school orchestra and chorus. At the end, as a beach ball -was tossed sporadically among the seated seniors, they marched to the podium to receive their diplomas, watched projected pic- tures from their past, then retired to the embrace of family and friends. The ceremony started with the familiar strains of \Pomp and Circumstance\ as the seniors strode into the chattering crowd. Parents and teachers'waved from the sidelines a s video cam- eras recorded the event and still cameras flashed. Brett Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance then Rae Jean Teeter directed the seniors in the cham- ber choir as they sang the na- tional anthem. - (page 4) Berne-Knox-Westerlo Grads told to chase clouds with sunshine By Matt Cook ALBANY — Jill Petrosillo in- troduced her new alma mater, Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, as \the school that is known for its snow days.\ Class President Petrosillo served as a sort of master-of-cer- emonies at the BKW graduation, last Saturday morning, at The Egg, in Albany. She welcomed the audience to the ceremony, and introduced the speakers. She voiced what must have been going through the minds of many of her fellow graduates. One of the primary objectives of students, she said, is finding ways to waste time in class. \Now we see that time flies by without trying to waste it,\ she said. Where everybody knows your name The morning started off with an informal multimedia presen- tation, produced by two BKW students. It was a slide show of the graduates throughout their BKW careers, from their first days of kindergarten through their graduation rehearsal only a few days earlier. (Continued on Page 12) pueiJ*piir,3 ruejqn otiqn.j iber 51 • Thursday, July 8, 2004 The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer See clearly: Lidiya Yankovskaya displays a drawing from Antoine de Saini-Exupery's The Little Prince, which reveals that what grown-ups think is a hat is really a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Yankovskaya told her Guilderland classmates of the need to maintain childhood purity. ' '.'I i ;-i Voorheesville AH joking aside, students commence lives The Entoi prise — Nirole I''»y Bni r Looking to the future in paper glasses, which spell 2004, Voorheesville seniors are about to graduate. By Nicole Fay Barr VOORHEESVILLE — Humor was the theme of Clayton A. Bou- ton High School's graduating class. Several times during their commencement ceremony on June 25, members of the class had the audience in stitches. The laughter began with Matthew Robinson and Tyler Nichols. As Nichols played the anjo, Robinson changed the words to The Manfred Mann Earth Band song \Blinded by the Light.\ He sang about going \up the hill to Rensselaerville\ and about a class trip to Lake George where a teacher fell in the water. Classmates, many wearing pa- per 2004 glasses with the ,00 cut out for the eyes, roared with laughter. The graduates proudly wore purple gowns and caps with yel- low tassels, representing their school colors. They sat on either side of a purple and yellow plat- form decorated with white flow- ers and ribbons, and topped with an American flag. Beyond the platform were hundreds of parents and family members and to the left was the school wind ensemble, all seated within a giant tent. Outside gray skies threatened and a few rain- drops fell, but that did not deter the dozens of parents who pushed to the sides of the tent. Some held cameras and cam- corders over their heads to film their students inside. Selected speakers Several graduates spoke at the commencement ceremony and,* between jokes, most told of their gratitude to have received an ed- ucation from Voorheesville. They also advised each other to keep sight of their dreams and to not value material possessions over happiness and friends. Valedictorian Anne Liu told the crowd that she met \some of the hardest-working, generous, and intelligent people\ in high school. \Live life to the fullest,\ she advised her fellow classmates. Liu then pointed to a Chinese proverb. If one has two coins, she said, he should buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other. (Continued on page 8)

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