Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport celebrate senior graduations
TRI-COUNTY AREA--Four area schools celebrated the graduation of their senior classes Friday, June 27. Scroll down for the four photo galleries. The Dundee Central School held their 75th graduation ceremony, which featured 52 graduating students. Salutatorian Miranda Fiero addressed her classmates, advising them to be confident in themselves going forward. "You should never doubt yourself," Fiero said. "Arrive where you're going safely and be all the better for it." Valedictorian Ashley Kelly also gave her classmates advice for the future as they move on past this milestone in their lives. "Follow your passion," Kelly said. "Embrace the challenge. . .do what makes you happy." Friends and family packed the stands at the Penn Yan Academy football field for the Class of 2014's graduation ceremony Friday. 128 students graduated during the ceremony. Assistant Principal at Penn Yan Academy Warren Kinsey was the guest speaker at the graduation event. Kinsey commended the class for their accomplishments and all the hard work they have put in to achieve this goal. "I see a group of young adults who are open-minded, liberal, self-expressive, upbeat and overly-passionate about equality," Kinsey said. "[...] You are able to juggle many responsibilities at the same time. Millennials are extremely team-oriented, enjoy collaborating and building friendships. If we had any questions about your abilities and your passion, we only need to look at the last six weeks since the flood of 2014." Class President Megan Lafferty also addressed the class, saying the day marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another. "This is the next chapter of our life," Lafferty said. "[...] When you take a moment to think about it, it's hard to believe where the time has gone and how much we have accomplished." The Odessa-Montour Class of 2014 had 58 students receive their diplomas during their Friday ceremony. "We are not average teenagers," Class Valedictorian Jenelle Bleiler said. "We are more than the averages that try to define us." Dr. Emily Canfield gave the graduation address to the students, advising them to not fear failing in their future endeavors. "Change is the only constant you can count on," Canfield said. "Practice failure, you cannot be afraid of failure, for how you handle it will define your success." The Salutatorian was Hayden Moss. The Hammondsport Central School District also held their graduation on Friday. 37 students are pictured in the class photo that was taken overlooking Keuka Lake, Friday morning. The Valedictorian was Elizabeth Albright and Salutatorian was Lori Gordon.