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Graduates mark the day with 'pomp and circumstance'

TRI-COUNTY AREA—The tests are over, the caps and gowns were worn, and this weekend, the air was filled with pomp and circumstance.
High school graduations were held this weekend; Friday for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, and Odessa-Montour. Watkins Glen students graduated Saturday.
The Penn Yan graduation started at 7 p.m. Close to 150 students accepted diplomas. Most of the class, 98, plan to attend college after graduation. Five will be going into the military and 13 right into the workforce.
Dundee graduated 75 students at the 6:30 graduation ceremony. Valedictorian is Ane Shoemaker and Salutatorian is Sam Clingerman. Advisor Leah Peckham said this year’s graduating class is “as a group, independent and strong willed.”
At Hammondsport’s 6 p.m. graduation, 34 students received diplomas. This was just shy of last year’s 49 graduates. This year’s Valedictorian was Mattie Catherman and the Salutatorian is Diana Derr.
Just over 90 Watkins Glen students celebrated completing high school this graduation weekend.
Watkins Glen will presented diplomas to just over 90 students, Saturday, June 26, at 2 p.m. Principal Dave Warren said this was the first time in a while with less than 100 students in a graduation class. He also pointed out that the next three graduating classes will be over 100 students.
Odessa-Montour’s graduation ceremony was Friday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Just under 70 students accepted diplomas. This was an increase compared to last year’s graduating class of 50 students. The Valedictorian this year was Katherine Griggs. Salutatorian was Stephanie Letteer.
Almost a third of the graduating class, 25 students, plan to attend Corning Community College in the fall. Ten graduates are going to four-year colleges, five to tech schools, and another five into the military.
“They’re a great group. They will be missed,” said Peter Fitch, advisor for the graduating class. He added the class of 2010 was usually a jovial group, and close-knit.
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