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Elmont Spartans Graduate

Elmont Memorial High School’s Class of 2016 entered the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University for the school’s 59th annual commencement on June 26 filled with emotion as they readied to embark on a new chapter.

During the ceremony, the graduates-to-be heard remarks from class president Joseph Olawoye and salutatorian Lerone Clark, who told fellow graduates that ambition augments one’s ability to be autonomous.

“We are all capable of achieving optimum success,” Clark said. “My goal today is to encourage all of you to have the mindset that you can do whatever you want to do.”

Valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna spoke to students about the growth and support they had experienced since arriving at Elmont Memorial and what happens now as they move forward.

“The sound of the Elmont community will never dim,” Uwamanzu-Nna said. “We owe it to Elmont to keep maximizing our potential by utilizing our own voices to work with our new peers [and to] be confident in ourselves, our towns and our ability to become the trailblazers of tomorrow.”  

Sewanhaka Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie and Sen. Jack Martins also addressed the Class of 2016. Dr. Ferrie congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged them to maintain a positive attitude as they face the challenges ahead.   

“During the past six years, you have represented the communities of Elmont in an exceptional manner. Have the perseverance and dream big in order to continue what you’re doing now for the rest of your life,” Dr. Ferrie said.  

In Principal Kevin Dougherty’s commencement address, he reminded students to love their families, to always be themselves, to share and play nicely with others, and to become active citizens in society.

The students were then presented with their diplomas and sang the school’s alma mater, before tossing their caps in celebration.