Jon Peterson

Superintendent

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Mayfield, NY 12117

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leaf bullet The Class of 2016 begins their next chapters

June 25, 2016
Principal Christopher Wojeski told the 64 Class of 2016 graduates from Mayfield Junior-Senior High School that they have pushed the limit to success.

"There's not been one time when I haven't been proud to be your principal," he said during the 76th Mayfield commencement on the athletic field. She thanked parents and family members "for allowing us to help form them into young adults."

Turning to the graduates, he said "whatever you do, don't play it safe" as you embark into the world of college, work or the military. He said they are ready and able to change the world - that it is all in their hands.

Board of Education member Joan Scannell, whose daughter graduated today, told the Class of 2016 that they have many great qualities that all come down to a single trait - resiliency.

"You can not succeed in life without resiliency," she told them, defining resiliency as "the ability to fight back after being knocked down," perhaps several times.

She told students that Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey overcame long odds to succeed in their respective fields - even when others told them they were failures.

Superintendent Jon Peterson also highlighted Winfrey as well as Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison as famous people who faced failure on their way to successes. "Edison was ridiculed for his failures by everybody at the time," he said, despite the hundreds of inventions he is credited with developing.

He encouraged students to "climb every mountain" in their quest for success. "That is how you will achieve your dreams," he added.

Board of Education President Ernest Clapper noted that today, while graduation day for Mayfield's 64 students, was also a retirement for BOE Vice President Robert Suits, leaving the board after many years. He asked Suits to hand out the diplomas to students.

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Jennie LaVada
Valedictorian Jennie LaVada was introduced by Wojeski to her fellow graduates, parents and community members in attendance:

This next student was the editor of our yearbook, press officer for the National Honor Society, member of our Key Club and involved in the Drama Club since 7th grade. She has been an outstanding high school peer tutor and was a member of our school’s basketball and softball teams. Most recently, she was selected to represent Mayfield at the CASDA Scholar Recognition dinner. As a junior she received Elmira College Key Award and RIT Computer Medal. Outside of school she works a part-time job as a hostess. She will be attending Northeastern University this fall, receiving $45,200 in grants to major in mathematics with a focus in actuarial science. With a cumulative weighted high school average of 99.78, I’d like to recognize the Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Jennie LaVada.

Jennie, during her graduation speech, encouraged her fellow graduates to think back to all the shared experiences - Regents exams, dances, physical education class, "the tests we nailed and the tests we failed."

"Think back to the friendships you have made here," she told the graduates. "When you look back in 10 years, these are what we'll cherish."

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Kaylee Bumpus
Salutatorian Kaylee Bumpus was introduced by  Wojeski to her fellow graduates, parents and community members in attendance:

The next student has been captain of the girls’ varsity volleyball and basketball teams and an athlete on the track and field team. She was named 2016 Fulton County Athlete of the Year along with many other athletic awards. She was named to the First Team All-STATE team for volleyball this past fall, leading her team to a third place finish in New York State. She also earned the top scholar athlete award this winter for the highest grade point average of any basketball player in the WAC. She has been active with the National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, band, choir and select choir As a junior she received the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, the LeMoyne College Heights Award and Rensselaer Medal. She has also volunteered for many different events through her church helping others in need. This fall she plans to attend Arcadia University where she was awarded a Distinguished Scholarship of $20,000 per year and an Arcadia University Grant of $10,670. She will major in biology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist and will be playing Division III volleyball for the Arcadia Knights. With a cumulative weighted high school average of 99.27, I’d like to recognize the Class of 2016 Salutatorian, Kaylee Bumpus.

"Being here today means all of our hard work and stress finally paid off," Kaylee told her fellow graduates. In the future, "surround yourself with people who will challenge you." She reminded graduates to "come home to the people who love you."

She noted that the class song was "Don't Stop Believing." "The future is yours - live out your dreams," she said.

The Honor Guard students were: Jillian Chase, Ryan MacFarland, Lauren Ellis, Ashley Madeiros, DeVante Marshall, Bailey Horney, Emily Garrigan, Abigail Adamkoski, Emily Cromie, Tyler Carman, Shauna Albanese,
Benjamin Carozza
, Ryan Davis, Maria Messina, Julie Hampton, Ashley DeRosa, Taylor Fancher, Caitlyn Hamm and Brandon Akowicz.

Honor Guard students have maintained a 90+ grade point average during their school career. Listed in order of class rank.

Here are the future plans for today's graduates (PDF).

These awards were presented to graduating seniors (PDF).

Here's a YouTube link to a video showing the traditional march from the junior-senior high school to the athletic field  (1 minutes, 36 seconds).

Here are some photos from graduation today. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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