Class of 2013 students in St. Lawrence County prepare for graduation ceremonies
By JIMMY LAWTON
Hundreds of students throughout St. Lawrence County will celebrate high school graduations this weekend as schools throughout the region end the 2013 school year.
Friday, June 21
• Potsdam High School will celebrate graduation for 107 students at 7 p.m. June 21 at SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall. A musical precession will also be held. Valedictorian Kate Hildreth and salutatorian Rhea LaFleur will give speeches. Class president Cassondra McCormick will also speak. Math teacher Geoffrey Coleman will present a commencement address. Principal Joanne Chambers will hand out awards. Board of Education President Chris Cowen will issue diplomas.• Canton’s H.C. Williams High School will host commencement for 95 students at 7 p.m. June 21 at St. Lawrence University’s Appleton Arena. Class president Jonathan Pinckney and classmate Allyssa Hampson will speak at the ceremony. Top two graduates Julia Bailey and Michael Gent, as well as eight other students will graduate with high honors. Superintendent William Gregory will issue awards and scholarships and principal Mark Passamonte will present diplomas and students will perform musical performances.
• At St. Lawrence Central High School in Brasher Falls, 102 students will receive diplomas at 5 p.m. June 21 on the West Lawn. Valedictorian Heather Nicholson and salutatorian Caitlin Grow will give speeches. Diplomas will be presented by Board of Education President James Lattimer.
• Madrid-Waddington Central School will observe the graduation of 53 students at 8 p.m. June 21 in the auditorium. Co-valedictorians Austin Scott and Kathleen Tiernan and salutatorian Jennifer Ryan will give speeches. High School Principal Bryan Harmer will host the ceremony. Superintendent Lynn Roy and Board of Education President Michael “Mickey” Miller will also speak.
• Colton-Pierrepont High School will give diplomas to 25 students at 7 p.m. June 21 at in the school’s auditorium. Valedictorian Nicholas Avery and salutatorian Isaiah Johnson will give speeches. A senior slideshow will also be presented.
• Hermon-DeKalb Central School will host a graduation celebration for 27 students at 7 p.m. June 21 at the school’s auditorium.
• At Lisbon Central School, 40 students will graduate. A ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 21 in the school’s auditorium. Speeches will be given by honor graduates Megan Barney and Kristopher Newton as well as class president Kaela Erwin. Eight other students will be honored for graduating with an average above 90 percent.
• Heuvelton Central School District will hold graduation at 8 p.m. June 21 in the school auditorium.
• Gouverneur Central School students will celebrate commencement at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school auditorium.
Saturday, June 22
• Massena Central High School’s 2013 graduating class of approximately 200 students will celebrate commencement June 22 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the gymnasium. Valedictorian Sarah Murphy and salutatorian Molli Richards will give speeches. A musical presentation will also be held.
• At Ogdensburg Free Academy, 106 students will receive diplomas. The ceremony will be at noon on June 22 in the Edgar A. Newell II Memorial Golden Dome. Valedictorian John Morrison and salutatorian MacKenzie Comeau will give speeches along with class president Madeleine Ward.
• Parishville-Hopkinton Central School will observe the graduation of 29 students at 11:30 a.m. June 22 at the school’s auditorium. Valedictorian Dana Harper will speak as well as co-salutatorians Jenna Converse and Shauna Wheeler. Class president Caitlin McGregor and class advisor Elizabeth White will also address the class.
• Norwood-Norfolk High School will host a commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. June 22 at SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall. The event will feature a senior slide show. Valedictorian Jessica Fulk and salutatorian Carlea Weaver will speak. Class president Micayla Frego will also address the class. English teacher Annalee McCarthy will also give a speech. The school’s “singing seniors” will provide a musical performance.
• Morristown Central School students will celebrate commencement at 7 p.m. June 22 in the school auditorium.
• Edwards Knox Central School students will celebrate graduation at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school’s auditorium.
• Clifton-Fine High School senior class of 2013 will graduate at 11 a.m. Saturday in the school auditorium.