Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport graduates celebrate their accomplishments
TRI-COUNTY AREA—On Friday, June 24, Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport school districts held their annual graduations to honor the work of their seniors. The Penn Yan class of 2011 had 156 graduates. Class President Alex Bodine spoke during the ceremony, saying “through the laughter and tears, we made it.” “Our teachers passed on their knowledge to us so the future would be brighter than it is now,” added Dan Burdett, another class speaker at Penn Yan’s ceremony. He went on to say even with high school over, there is still much to learn. Burdett said to his classmates, “Education is a continuing experience that never dies.” Retired superintendent Ann Orman also addressed the class. She told the graduates to work with others to accomplish their goals. “You won’t be as successful alone as you are with people around you,” said Orman. Dundee’s graduating class had 74 students. This year’s valedictorian was Leigh Howell, while Loren Marusarz was the salutatorian. During Howell’s address to the audience she mentioned many of her memories from Dundee. In a poem, senior Jake Crusade said, “Isn’t it so frightening yet comforting to know, at the end of it all we create all that we are?” Hammondsport’s valedictorian is Chris Haluszczak and Josh Malone is the salutatorian. This year’s class had 42 seniors.