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2012 Ossining Graduates Are More Like A Family

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining High School Class of 2012 is not a collection of students who happened to graduate at the same time Friday night; it’s a family. That’s the idea valedictorian Evan Olin hopes the class will always remember and it is the very thing that made the 2012 class so special.

“The class of 2012 has gone through a lot but one thing we do really well is come together in the end,” Olin said Friday. “We may have our problems but in the end we’re a big family.”

Hundreds of Ossining High School seniors graduated Friday during a commencement ceremony at Pace University in Pleasantville. The idea of the class being a family was not only a theme of the night but was also reflected in countless messages on the group’s Facebook page reading “No matter what happens, I love 2012, we’re a family.” Olin said the class used the page throughout the year to stay close and it’s something that he thinks will help keep them together in the future.

“Anytime we think back to this class and this year, that group is going to be there,” he said, adding that the Ossining School District prepared them well for an uncertain future. “I think the district has done a great job in pushing everyone to achieve their potential.”

In her speech to the class, salutatorian Mykaela Copeland wanted students to remember how they came together from many places to become one.

“Despite all of our different journeys, we have come to this bittersweet intersection, together,” she said. “Where we reflect on the pages of our lives that mark the past and we excitedly look to the future, whose pages have yet to be written.”

Throughout the year, the students excelled in athletics (the girls’ basketball team reached the state finals), the arts (the musical “Aida” won several high school theater awards) and sciences (the school was a finalist for Intel’s Schools of Distinction). Principal Joshua Mandel said the group had “the winning combination.”

“They’re a very bright, motivated group,” Mandel said. “My hope is that we’ve prepared these great kids for the diverse lives ahead. I think they have great futures ahead of them.”

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