WELLS - At the gym of the Wells Central School District on Friday night, plenty of cheering could be heard as the class of 2014 moved across the stage to accept diplomas after 12 years of work.
Twelve students received their diplomas as family, friends and members of the community looked on.
Commencement speaker Kathleen Beck, who served as an adviser to the students, took time to address each student individually, speaking about their character and memories of working with them.
Beck said each of the students has changed the way she looks at things. She also thanked the parents and told them they are the ones who made the students who they are.
"Thank you for sharing your kids with me," Beck said.
Valedictorian Jessica Rhodes quoted from Dr. Suess' "Oh The Places You'll Go" during her speech. Rhodes said she hopes her fellow students wisely choose their direction in life.
"I pray that we, the class of 2014, will choose carefully the places we go," Rhodes said.
It was announced during the ceremony that Rhodes had received the Liberty University Valedictorian Scholarship of $81,200. In all, more than 30 different scholarships were awarded to students during the ceremony.
Salutatorian Matthew Michienzi, who will study to become a doctor, reminded students they could help others in simple ways, even by donating just a dollar to charity.
Superintendent Thomas Sincavage asked students to do three things for him: use the education they received at Wells to do something great, believe in themselves and have hope for their future.
"We need you, this country needs you and the world needs you," Sincavage said.
He told students to commit themselves to becoming lifelong learners.