NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle High School seniors Markus Perez and Lucas Sigueira were among approximately 750 students to graduate from the school Thursday.
“I’m very excited," said Sigueira, who will attend the Culinary Institute of America in the fall. “I’m very happy. I’m excited to go out in the real world. I just want to start my career.”
Perez and Sigueira also represented "Team Max" in support of best friend Max Gomez, who had a leg amputated after falling off a motorcycle three weeks ago, forcing Gomez to miss his senior prom and graduation.
“He’ll be in our hearts forever,” said Sigueria.
Salutatorian Derek Gazis told his fellow classmates to set their own path in life in order to be happy.
“Never let anyone change your path in life, because it’s your path that will bring you happiness,” he told them.
Valedictorian Tara Asokan urged her fellow classmates to make worthwhile decisions. Asokan referred to a popular social-media term, YOLO - You Only Live Once. It's also mentioned in a rap song, "The Motto."
“You only live once,” Asokan said. “Make sure one (decision) counts for more than poor decision-making, but make sure it counts for more than YOLO.”
Asokan also urged her fellow classmates to remain in touch.
“Call me maybe,” she said, referring to Canadian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen’s popular song.