Albany High School Class of 2017 graduation:
A great day to be a Falcon!
N.Y. (June 25, 2017) -- Albany
High School valedictorian Jacob Citone on Sunday urged his classmates to
think big, think bold, stand up and speak the truth to those in power.
heads to SUNY Binghamton in September, addressed the 506 members of the
Class of 2017 who gathered to celebrate graduation with family and
friends at the Times Union Center.
“It takes guts
to challenge the system and courage to stand upon one’s convictions. But
despite whatever forces out there try to shut us down, we have shown
that we are ready to take on the status quo. By continuing to embody
Albany’s motto, assiduity, defined as ‘a great and constant attention,’
we can set out to accomplish anything,” he said.
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Citone’s full remarks.
Class of 2017 was Bowdoin College-bound salutatorian Emily Ha, who
discussed the broad meaning of success.
“Success can be found not just in life’s greater events, but in everyday
places. Do not take these for granted,” Ha said.
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Class president Isabella Higgins, who will attend SUNY College at
Geneseo, also spoke.
Higgins said that Albany High taught her priceless life lessons and
helped her find herself, and that her classmates have helped improve the
community’s image the school.
“I am here to proudly say that this class has help to diminish the
stigma and paint Albany High for what it really is, which is a school
that is exploding in character,” she said.
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Higgins’ full remarks.
Dale Getto noted that the Class of 2017’s goodbye to the school was a
throwback to earlier days of student life.
outside at recess in your early elementary years, and about a month ago
you begged me for a field day. From that, Senior Swim was born. A ritual
that will go for years to come! You learned to play instruments in
around fourth grade, and I think some of you woke up on the last day of
school and just wanted to play jazz … so you greeted us at the scan day
and throughout the courtyard,” Getto said. “You finger-painted in
kindergarten and again during your senior year when you chose to lease
Albany High on Craig’s List!”
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Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. encouraged the graduates to
live in the moment and be present.
“Breathe. Take a
look around you. This all for you, this is all about you. Look at what
you have accomplished. Enjoy this moment. Remember this moment. Be
present,” Dr. Wilkins said.
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Wilkins' full remarks.
Education President Sue Adler urged each student to measure their
success by being part of a community, connecting with others and caring
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to the members of the Class of 2017 – this year's graduates
were accepted at more than 150 colleges and universities throughout the
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