Distinguished Graduates Set Sail From Amityville

Distinguished Graduates Set Sail From Amityville photo

There were reflections, thank-you’s and words of encouragement as 226 students graduated from Amityville Memorial High School on June 23.

This year’s ceremony featured new attire, with all graduates clad in red gowns with gray stoles. Principal Maria Andreotti wished members of the Class of 2018 much success as they begin the next chapter of their lives, whether it be in college, in the workforce or serving their country in a branch of the military. She added that she has high hopes for a senior class that distinguished itself in academics, the arts and athletics, and encouraged them to use their talents to make a positive difference in the world. 

Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said that this year’s graduates were entering third grade when she arrived in Amityville, and it was her honor to watch them grow and mature.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of your journey,” she said to the students, reminding them to treasure the high school memories, experiences and friendships as they set sail on the next part of their lives.

Valedictorian Trevony Palmer, in addressing his fellow graduates, told them to take care of their minds and bodies. 

“Be creative and unique with your own decisions,” he said, “so that they won’t set you up for failure but rather for success.”

Salutatorian Jerinna Solanges recited words of wisdom from her teachers and her friends. She said it was their guidance that helped her achieve a high level of success in Amityville. 

“Remember those who helped you on your journey,” she said. 

After remarks by senior class President Jacob Marrero and senior class adviser Cara Garofalo-Westphal, graduates were called up on stage to receive their diplomas where they were congratulated by Ms. Andreotti, Dr. Kelly and board of education trustees.