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Farewell and good luck to Eldred’s Class of 2011

By Erika Bowring and Rebecca Schadt
June 29, 2011

ELDRED, NY — The morning of June 25th was an exciting day for the graduates of Eldred Central High School (ECS). What started out as a cloudy Saturday event turned into a pleasant and sunny celebration. The 50 soon-to-be graduates made their way to the stage to the traditional graduation melody played by the school band, which was followed by the National Anthem sung by Courtney Hofaker.

Principal Scott Krebs began the ceremony with a personal speech to the graduates. He recalled past memories he had the privilege of sharing with the students, including lessons they had taught him throughout the years. He jokingly mentioned how the class had taught him that naptime was not only for Kindergartners and is still a crucial part of the day.

Krebs also took a moment to remember student Justin Storms, who passed away in 2009. He assured the students that Justin was present at the ceremony in spirit, and that he would be proud of his classmates’ accomplishments.

This year, Jane Heisler had the honor of being inducted into Eldred’s Hall of Fame. The Mackenzie elementary school was heartbroken with the loss of their beloved librarian who had passed away earlier in the year. She is remembered as an active community member and is loved by many in the district. Daughter, Jen Heisler was present at the ceremony and received the award on behalf of her mother.

Former history teacher Robert Skibinski was invited to be the guest speaker at the ceremony. His speech emphasized how graduation was the start to the rest of the graduate’s lives. He advised them to accept new challenges and encouraged them to continue striving towards new goals. In his closing words, he wished “health, happiness and success” for the graduates.
Salutatorian Tyler Worzel and valedictorian Savannah Lust gave very different perspectives of their time spent at ECS. Tyler spoke about how great it was to grow up with his classmates and move up with them each year. He gave many thanks to the parents, teachers and friends who made his final year at Eldred so memorable.

Savannah emphasized the differences between her experiences compared to the experiences of the other students. She spoke about how kind the senior class was in accepting her after her personal decision to graduate early. Savannah thanked her classmates for adopting her as the “baby of the class” and helping her shape into the person she has become.