The torch was passed to a new group of Corinth students on Saturday when the Class of 2018 closed out their high school careers.
The graduation ceremony began with a processional led by Marshalls Lizzie Milligan and Nikklas Milligan. Samantha Shippee delivered the invocation.
In his remarks, Corinth High School Principal Brian Testani described the Class of 2018 as “resourceful,” adding, “Your dedication and determination will make you capable of great things.” Mr. Testani reminded the graduates that, no matter where life takes them, they will always be welcome back in Corinth.
Valedictorian Sean Barber encouraged his fellow graduates to follow their hearts’ desires and to make their home town proud. He challenged the Class of 2018 to help give Corinth an identity, adding, “We are a class of hard workers, believers and dreamers.”
Following a vocal solo by alumna Courtney Densmore, salutatorian Jacob Yanke addressed the audience before state Sen. James Tedisco was welcomed to the stage.
Sen. Tedisco congratulated the graduates for their hard work, reminding them to recognize all those who helped them get to where they are today.
“You are superheroes by making the world — your community, your state — a better place to live,” Sen. Tedisco told the Class of 2018, opening his shirt to reveal a Superman T-shirt underneath.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Stratton chose words like work ethic, family and values, perseverance and importance of education to describe the graduating class.
“It’s now time to create your legacy,” he told them.
Mickayla Laney and Shelby Allen, co-presidents of the Class of 2018, introduced the graduates, who were presented with diplomas by Corinth Central School Board of Education President Lori Baker.
The presentation of graduates was followed by the Torch Ceremony, led by Nicolas Moses. The ceremony recognized parents and family members; friends; class advisers; faculty and staff; community members; coaches; and members of the armed forces. In closing, the Class of 2018 graduates passed the candle to members of the Class of 2019.