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Memories made at Eldred graduation

By Kaitlyn Malzahn
June 27, 2012

Someone once wrote, “Life is a series of memories we make.” The same can be said about the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) Senior Graduation Ceremony, as it is yet another memorable link on the chain of life.

On the morning of June 23, the sun was shining brightly and the temperature started at a cool 66 degrees, a relief from the recent heat wave. Teachers and school staff prepared for the morning events, and the Eldred Junior/Senior Band, led by Brian Nivison, gathered to perform the classic “Pomp and Circumstance” for the 61 Eldred seniors that would be graduating.

Family, friends and neighbors alike started to arrive on the front lawn of the school in order to watch the students graduate from high school life and move on to adult and college life.

As the band struck up a chord, faculty proceeded down the long row leading toward the stage and, then, to their respective seats. Following the procession of proud teachers, the seniors made their way to their spots on the stage.

The procession was led by seniors Caitlin and Kelly Hallock. Eldred guidance counselors Kimberly Gueren and Michelle Gallo stood proudly on each side of the walkway. After the National Anthem was performed by the senior members of the ECS a cappella group, the Key Elements, the seniors, teachers and crowd took their seats, and high school principal Scott Krebs and district superintendent Robert Dufour welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

The memorable events rolled on as the Eldred Hall of Fame induction was presented by ECS district clerk Bonnie Robertson. The award was given posthumously to Charles Kinne, who passed away in 2005. His widow, Laraine, accepted on his behalf.

Guest speaker Roger Bisland addressed the seniors in a heartfelt speech The memorable events rolled on as the Eldred Hall of Fame induction was presented by ECS district clerk Bonnie Robertson. The award was given posthumously to Charles Kinne, who passed away in 2005. His widow, Laraine, accepted on his behalf. Guest speaker Roger Bisland addressed the seniors in a heartfelt speech with these words of wisdom: "Success is not all about money; it's about family."

Bisland, whose grandsons Brian Hazen and Matthew Bisland were members of this year's graduating class, added, "Let me remind you, the learning experience never ends."