New Egypt seniors reach milestone

PLUMSTED — The class of 2011 — 150 seniors — graduated from New Egypt High School on June 16.

School administrators said 90 percent of the young men and women who make up the senior class will continue on to post-secondary education or enlist in the military.

In his remarks, Principal Thomas Farrell said, “I see a new generation that has learned to form groups, believe in teamwork and social responsibility, and take civic duty very seriously.”

He said the graduates are well prepared to meet the challenges that await them. Farrell said that preparation is a testament to the tradition of excellence pursued by all New Egypt High School students, faculty and staff.

The significant accomplishments of the members of the class of 2011 were topped by the $2.5 million that has been awarded to them in college scholarships and grant money, Farrell said.

During the ceremony, student government President Erica McCabe welcomed friends and family members, and senior Marc Russo delivered the honors address.

Teacher of the Year Dennis Wilno asked the graduates to take a mental snapshot of the evening’s ceremony and to add it to their own autobiography.

Wilno said that after high school it will seem as if someone has pressed the fast-forward button of life.

Dylan Wills, vice president of the student government, led his classmates in moving their graduation cap tassels to signify the milestone.