Somers High School honors the Class of 2011
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Wed., Jun. 22, 2011
Multiples were a key theme at the Somers High School graduation on June 21. Apple CEO Steve Jobs was quoted three times in two speeches, the Benoit twins were written into two students’ speeches, and four sets of twins received diplomas Tuesday night.
Principal Gary Cotzin started his speech with a memory of the Class of 2011 from last June, at the end of their junior year. He watched as they swarmed the outdoor tables occupied by seniors, as if to say they were ready to take their place as the next graduating class.
Cotzin called the class a “cohesive, conservative group of students” that he said received high praise from their middle school teachers coming into high school. He advised the group to always remember their Somers High family.
Superintendent Maynard Suffredini presented a stark reality to the Class of 2011 by comparing education in the United States to that of China and India. He told the students their education will be the key to success in the coming years as the world changes and economic power shifts.
Class President Elizabeth Poitras spoke, as did co-valedictorians Kathryn Squillace and Thomas Gay. Gay recounted two arduous hiking trips in the Adirondacks, sharing lessons he learned on the trail that relate to high school. One example was that the learning experiences along the way are often more valuable than the outcome.
Faculty member Carol Black was the speaker chosen by the students. Black told students that respect, honesty and communication will help build a good foundation for life. She received a standing ovation from the students and faculty members.