WELLS - Wells Central School class of 2012 Salutatorian Shelby Hoffman addressed the 15 members of the graduating class not as classmates, but as a family at the school's 100th commencement ceremony Friday night.
"These 14 people on the stage with me tonight have grown together over the years," Hoffman said. "Some of us have been together since pre-K and others have joined us along the way."
Kate Beck, a teacher at Wells Central School, delivered the commencement address for class adviser Susan Chittenden, who was unable to attend due to illness.
Wells Central School Valedictorian Michael Rhodes addresses his classmates and parents in attendance at Friday’s 100th Commencement ceremony.
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In the speech written by Chittenden, the students were reminded that though they completed the three R's - reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic - they must now concentrate on three new R's - responsibility, respect and remember.
Valedictorian Michael Rhodes addressed the class with a short speech reminding them that they all needed help to get where they are before presenting a slideshow of highlights and events of the class's senior year.
The class presented retiring social studies teacher and student council adviser Gary Howard with a honorary diploma and presented mathematics teacher Sandy Eipp with flowers as a special thank you for her dedication to the school.
Interim Superintendent John Zeis was joined on stage by incoming Superintendent Thomas Sincavage for the presentation of awards and scholarships to the class.
"On behalf of the administration and staff of Wells Central School, we salute the class of 2012," Zeis said. "We are proud of you and wish you well as you move on to pursue your dreams for the rest of your lives."
Wells Board of Education President Cathie Rust presented the class with their diplomas.