Tight Lake Placid class moves on

LAKE PLACID – It was a close class that crossed the stage in the Olympic Oval Friday evening to receive their diplomas and complete their high school careers.

Valedictorian Margaret Rose-McCandlish said in her address that the ceremony Friday night was not a single great transformation for the students. Rather, they have grown together into young adults through a series of small moments throughout their lives, she said.

She said that while she’s “just a kid” and doesn’t know much about being a world citizen, she said that if she and her classmates live by the lessons they learned throughout their schooling in Lake Placid, she knows they will have an impact on the world.

Salutatorian Haley Brandes encouraged her classmates to follow their dreams and be happy, noting that John Lennon was told not to bother with guitar when he was young and became one of the most successful musicians of all time.

“You can turn off the sun, but you can bet the class of 2013 is still gonna shine,” Brandes said, adapting a line from a Jason Mraz song.

Douglas Skopp, a SUNY Plattsburgh professor, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. He wrote a novel called “Shadows Walking” about atrocities committed during the Holocaust, which students read in their classes.

Skopp encouraged the students to maintain the friendships they developed throughout their schooling. He also asked to them to have compassion, which is the only way humanity can prevent something like the Holocaust from repeating itself.

As the Class of 2013 threw their graduation caps in the air at the end of the ceremony, they also set off confetti bombs and each put on glittery glasses in the shape of “2013.”

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