On June 23rd, 2017, the Hoosick Falls Central School had their 144th annual commencement exercise. Due to the potential for inclement weather, the ceremony was held inside the High School Auditorium.
For photos of each graduate receiving their diploma, CLICK HERE.
For photos of the speakers and the ceremony, CLICK HERE.
For candid photos before the ceremony, CLICK HERE.
Special thanks to Conner Zedalis (Class of 2019) for assisting Mr. Bushner with photographing the event. Also, special thanks to Alex Pine (Class of 2019) for assisting with the live broadcast production.
Valedictorian Emma Ganger-Spivak’s speech:
Salutatorian Katy Gardner’s speech:
Summary of the Ceremony:
The 144th commencement exercise was hosted by Ms. Vadney, Jr. / Sr. High School Principal. The HFCS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Allen, provided music for the ceremony. Class of 2017 Vice President Daniel Suite lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Class of 2017 Historian Emma Kelly gave the prefatory. Seniors were able to perform with the band one last time, and they did a cover of Uptown Funk. Katy Gardner, Salutatorian, gave her speech, followed by a vocal selection by Jamie Danner and Renee St. Hilaire. The Valedictory was delivered by Emma Ganger-Spivak. David Sutton sang God Bless America to recognize the seniors who are heading into military service. After the class members presented roses, Megan Henry and Elizabeth Ryan paid tribute to a class member who had passed away, Michael Hackett. The guest speaker was Dr. Todd Wysocki (HFCS Class of 1983). Diplomas were awarded by Mr. Laurin, the president of the Board of Education. He was assisted by class advisors Melissa Gardner and Denise Bardin. The closing remarks were delivered by Class of 2017 President Bryan Thomas.
To see where the HFCS Class of 2017 is headed, click HERE.
For a list of awards and recipients, as well as a photo gallery from awards night, click HERE.
A photo gallery of the candlelight ceremony can be viewed HERE.
The entire ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube. You can watch the video HERE (or below).
This was captured live so there are color bars at the beginning of the video.
****Ceremony begins at 32:16 if you click the link above, but should start at that point automatically in the embedded video below****