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POB JFK High School hosts commencement ceremony

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The graduating graduates of Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another on June 26, as the Class of 2022 celebrated their commencement ceremony.

Speakers reflected on the past four years and offered advice for the many more to come before young adults reach the final stages of their high school careers and receive their diplomas.

Salutatorian Justine Choi advised her peers not to lose sight of the small tasks ahead of them, lest they become overwhelmed by the big picture. “Wherever we end up after high school, whether it’s college, trade school, a gap year, the military, or a job, it’s important to keep in mind the importance of taking small steps. “, she said. “Because change is the result of many cumulative actions, and because in the long term, it will allow us to achieve our most important goals.”

Valedictorian Olivia Schmidt emphasized the importance of loved ones and the people closest to you in achieving your goals. “The past few years have been anything but simple or easy, and I believe a lot of our stamina is rooted in our community, our love and support for each other,” she said before thanking his family members, teachers and advisers for all. their help along the way. “If I’ve learned anything, it’s that nothing is more important than relationships in your life.”

Principal James Murray reflected on the major events of the past few years, both memorable and tragic, and expressed his pride in the leadership shown by the high school community, most recently following the latest shooting in a school in Uvalde, Texas. “You started our school year as young teenagers, and now you lead as young adults, able and willing to use your voice for change,” he said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary O’Meara asked graduating students to be open to change, should the need arise. “Where you are at any given time doesn’t have to determine where you will be in the future,” she said. “There will be many times in your life where you will be faced with questions like ‘is this really where I want to be? or “Is this really the person I want to be?” When contemplative questions come to you, take the time to contemplate. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of life, the certainty of a previous decision, or fear of the mountain ahead keep you from thinking and considering your options.