Mitchell Lamb, with the distinction of Senior of the Year, lead his classmates during the “turning of the tassel” at the Little Falls High School graduation on Saturday.
And with that, the seniors became graduates and the Little Falls High School auditorium filled with applause from the many friends and family
who turned out for the milestone in the graduates’ lives.
About 75 graduates crossed the stage and were handed diplomas during the high school’s commencement ceremony. They were among more than 600 graduates to do so in Herkimer County in different ceremonies over the weekend.
The graduates at Little Falls High School were left with several words of inspiration before the end of the ceremony.
Danielle Petkovsek, class president, talked about the mix of emotions that came with being a senior and the times the class had together, including the girls basketball games, the senior picnic and senior trip. On the last day of classes, the Green Day song “Time of Your Life,” was played in the senior hallway, leaving many in tears.
“When your senior year is this awesome, it’s hard to stop bragging about it,” she said.
Petkovsek then encouraged her classmates to never to stop following their dreams.
“You have the potential to do something great,” she said.
District Superintendent Louis Patrei, after comparing and contrasting the years 1970 (when he graduated from high school) to 2012, posed questions to the senior class about how they want to live their lives.
“Look inside yourself to see what you can do to make a difference in yourself and the lives of others,” he said.
Patrei also encouraged students to “have the courage to do what is right.”
Kathryn Trombley, in her remarks to her class, compared life to the computer app game “Temple Run,” which allows a player to purchase resurrection wings to have another chance at the game. She said this is like having another chance at life.
“[Because] you only live once doesn’t mean your life has to be error-free,” she said. “Don’t settle for failure. You’re all better than that.”
Kali Noonan in her remarks to her class reminded them that “We all share roots no matter how far apart we end up.”
Noonan told her class that it is OK if they are uncertain of where to go next after graduation, and to embrace whatever mistake they may end up making in life.
“Every mistake is a lesson in disguise,” she said.
Noonan finished her remarks by saying “Your future will be what you make of it. Make it something special.”
Bart Tooley, interim high school principal, also told the class to not let the mistakes in their life overpower them.
Page 2 of 2 - “You can be crushed by these events, or you can make the conscious decision to persevere,” he said. “You have the power to do so.”
A photo slideshow presentation, made by senior Michael Stehnach, included photos of the seniors growing up together.
Earlier in the program, Tooley asked seniors to present flowers to “two significant people who have played a role in getting them to this day.”
After everyone had received their diplomas and the tassels had been turned, Lamb also lead the class in another tradition in tossing their caps at the end.