MAYFIELD - The 73 graduates of the Mayfield Central School District's High School Class of 2013, a close-knit group by all accounts, set new standards for academic excellence.
Kevin Capobianco, a Mayfield school board member and father of graduate Jordan Capobianco, spoke at the graduation. He described some of the class's adventures during field trips he helped chaperone, including one to Boston. He spoke to the students directly as he detailed the group's sterling academic record.
"The Class of 2013 has set standards that we can only hope will be beaten in the future. Your accomplishments have a third of the class graduating with honors and a dozen students who've taken part in early [college] admission programs," he said. "Your hard work and commitment have shown us you are ready to make a difference in the world."
Members of Mayfield High School’s Class of 2013 perform the symbolic transfer of their graduation tassels from right to left Saturday during their graduation ceremony. (The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)
Of the 73 graduates, 23 plan to attend four-year colleges and universities, 35 are planning to attend community colleges or technical schools, three will serve in the military and the rest plan to seek employment or have not yet decided, according to the school's graduation program.
One of the students graduating with honors was Nicole Little, the Class of 2013's salutatorian. Little plans to attend the University at Buffalo. Little gave a speech titled "Dancing in the Rain," but before that, she enjoyed a little vindication for her hair color.
"I am so proud to be standing up here as a blonde and having Karlie [Edwards, also blond- haired] come up here after me. After all of the blond jokes we've heard over the years, I'm glad to prove everyone wrong," she said.
In her speech, Little reminded everyone in her class to pursue happiness as an important goal in life.
"No matter what age I am, I want to be happy because that's what really matters. Yes, we should still strive to be our best in life and never give less than 110 percent. I greatly encourage these things, but you hear them all the time, so I don't need to repeat them. Just don't get so caught up in things that you forget to cherish the time and the people you have in your life," she said.
After Little's speech, Class of 2013 Valedictorian Edwards gave a speech that included a slide show of pictures of her class and information about their future plans. While the slides were shown, songs were played, including Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" and 10,000 Maniacs' "These Are the Days."
The graduation ceremony also included music performed by graduating seniors Ryan Bumpus and Thomas McClellan. Bumpus, who plans to attend the State University of New York at New Paltz, played trumpet, and McClellan, bound for Iona College, played guitar as the duet sang "In My Life" by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban.