NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – With a swift shift of their tassels from right to left, nearly 800 purple and white clad New Rochelle High School seniors graduated from high school on Thursday, June 26, and took the next steps in their lives.
Students, friends, family and faculty members filled William H. McKenna Field to celebrate as the class of 2014 received their diplomas with the sun beating down.
Principal Richard Richardson addressed the newest group of high school alumni, praising their accomplishments over the last four years.
“This celebration is a celebration of the life of these children,” he said. “As much as we’ve taught you, you all taught me. I believe it’s important that you fully embrace your future.”
After celebrating the Huguenots wildly successful year in sports, valedictorian Adam Burton urged his classmates not to get caught up in the digital whirlwind that life has become in 2014, stressing the importance of taking a second to appreciate the moment and the little things life has to offer.
To emphasize his point, Burton quoted “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” reminding the class of 2014 that “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
“Take a moment to stop, and look around when you have a chance. Stop to enjoy the world when you aren’t running around,” he said. “It’s important to remember that we choose how we experience the things we experience.”
While accepting the class of 2014 from Interim School Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff, Board of Education President David Lacher took a second to applaud New Rochelle teachers and parents for helping the students reach this milestone.
“What a monumental achievement this is. Our educators took this diverse group, most when they were babies, and delivered them to us here today as young adults, he said. “And these young adults have been educated to the strongest sense of that word.”