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Seniors are ready for the caps, gowns

    TRI-COUNTY AREA—Graduation is a time for remembering and celebrating the years spent in elementary to high school, but is also for looking forward to a new stage in life.
    Most area graduation ceremonies will be this Friday. Penn Yan’s graduation is at 7 p.m., Dundee’s is at 6:30 p.m., Hammondsport’s is at 6 p.m., and Odessa-Montour is also at 6 p.m. The Watkins Glen ceremony is at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
    The Penn Yan class of 2011 has 150 graduates, a few students up from last year. According to the guidance office, 40 percent of students will attend a two-year college, while 35 percent will be at a four-year college this fall. Penn Yan Academy does not have a valediction or salutatorian.
    Dundee’s graduating class of 75 students is just slightly higher than last year. This year’s valedictorian is Leigh Howell. Loren Marusarz is the salutatorian.
    Guidance Counselor Steve Taylor said the same number of students plan to go to a four-year college as last year: 19. A total of 30 students will continue on to a two-year, down by seven students over last year. Of the remaining students, seven plan to join the armed services and 16 will go right into the workforce.
    Hammondsport’s valedictorian is Chris Haluszczak and Josh Malone is the salutatorian. This year’s class has 43 seniors. Of that, 19 will go to a two-year school and 15 will go to a four-year college.
There are about 100 students in the Watkins Glen class of 2011. Sarah Bond is the valedictorian and Emily Pazar is the salutatorian.
    Guidance Counselor Nancy Loughlin said last year, more students went to a four-year college, than a two-year. For the 2011 class, 39 percent will attend a two-year in the fall. Loughlin said the number for a four-year is 33 percent.
    Odessa-Montour’s graduating class is almost exactly on track with last year; both classes had 70 graduates. Allison Stamp is the valedictorian and Katlynne Ray is the salutatorian.
    Guidance Counselor Mary Crippin said this is the second graduating class in a row to have so many students. She explained there are usually around 40 students in a class, and next year’s group looks to be 55 students.
    Crippin added the top 25 students in the 2011 class all have an average of 90 or above.




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