Seniors are ready for graduation milestone
TRI-COUNTY AREA—The caps and gowns are ready and students are done testing. Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, and Odessa-Montour schools will now hold graduation ceremonies this Friday and Saturday for the classes of 2012.
The Penn Yan Academy senior class has 140 students. Graduation will be Friday, June 22, starting at 7 p.m. Unlike many schools, the academy does not have a valedictorian or salutatorian.
Dundee will be graduating 56 students this Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Last year, the graduating class had 75 graduates. Leah Woods and Esther Ninos are the salutatorian and valedictorian respectively for Dundee’s class of 2012.
Hammondsport’s ceremony will be Friday, at 6 p.m. This year’s valedictorian is Susan Sincerbox. Bennett Preston is the salutatorian. The graduating class has 43 students, the same as last year.
Watkins Glen’s class of 2012 will have 99 graduates. The graduation ceremony will be held in the high school auditorium on Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m.
This year’s valedictorian is Marguerite V. Kellogg and the salutatorian is Margaret L. Myers. Kellogg plans to attend Kent State University, majoring in musical theater and chemical physics. Myers will spend one year as a Rotary Exchange student in Taiwan, then attend Stony Brook University as an undecided student.
Odessa’s graduating class has 67 students. The ceremony will be held in the Fetter Brown Auditorium on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m.
The valedictorian is Matthew Kautz, son of Michael and Gail Kautz of Burdett. He will attend Alfred State and major in mechanical engineering.
The salutatorian is Joseph Thompson, son of Richard and Diane Koi-Thompson of Odessa. He will attend Columbia University and major in electrical engineering.