Tomorrow evening, we will graduate our class of 2019 at 6 PM with a unique, performing arts-rich ceremony at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. The class members selected their longtime, now retired, music and humanities teacher Richard Fron as their graduation speaker. The members of the class of 2019, the capstone senior project each undertook, and their post-graduation plans include:
Yannai Arazi will begin his training toward becoming a professional pilot in the fall, enrolling at Schenectady Community College. Yannai demonstrated his passion for the field by devoting his senior project to what he'll need to study and accomplish to meet requirements for this goal.
Jack Conway will begin plans to apprentice with blacksmiths and other master tradesmen. Jack built a log cabin by hand for his senior project, using lumber he mined from his family's farm.
Emma Fenton was accepted to all colleges to which she applied, and will attend Bennington College in the fall. Emma's senior project explored "The Art and Science of Pottery" and included original works she created throughout her senior year.
Tyler Grub has accepted an offer to attend Sarah Lawrence College. Tyler developed his own video game for his senior project.
Laura Howe also was accepted to all the colleges to which she applied, and will attend Wheaton College. Laura performed a violin solo as part of her presentation "Posthumous Bach: The Evolution of a Musician and His Music."
Suzanne More-Straton will attend the University of Vermont. For her senior project, Suzanne conducted original research on the impact of plastic waste on oceans and marine life, learned to scuba dive, and also produced a documentary of her journey.
Phineas O'Brien also was accepted to all the colleges to which he applied, and will attend Bennington College. Phineas wrote a full screenplay manuscript for his senior project.
Lydia Pendergast will attend College of the Atlantic. Lydia explored audio sleep-aids for her senior project.
Kathleen Rembish will attend Manhattanville College as a musical theatre major. Kathleen designed and created a couture clothing line based on inspiration from a deck of cards for her senior project.
Elliot Sabatella will attend St. John's University in the fall. Elliot shared his experience with Polynesian wood art carving and his ukulele training for his senior project "Journey Through Polynesian Art."
Lilia Sattler will attend Skidmore College in the fall. For her senior project Lilia created a jewelry collection designed to highlight the psychological benefits of fidgeting.
Jacob Valmore will attend the SUNY College of Technology at Canton. For his senior project Jacob refurbished a stock Jeep into an off-road vehicle, documenting his efforts with a blog and design manual.
Jordan Weiss will enroll at Ithaca College in the fall. Jordan learned the craft of glass design for her senior project, creating a collection of colorful original works.
Collectively, the Class of 2019 also was accepted at the following institutions: Alfred, Bard, Clark, Dean, Elmira, Emerson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Goucher, Hamilton, Hampshire, University of New Hampshire, Hobart & William Smith, Marist, Marlboro, Marymount, Nazareth, University of New Haven, The New School, Mass College of Liberal Arts, Pace, Reed, Siena, University of Southern California, St. Lawrence University, Ursinus, and the SUNY campuses of Geneseo, New Paltz, Potsdam, and Purchase.
Heartfelt congratulations, lots of love and best wishes to our Class of 2019!