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Peekskill Celebrates Class Of 2017

Peekskill held its annual graduation on Sunday Photo Credit: Contributed
The Peekskill Class Of 2017. Photo Credit: Contributed
Peekskill's Class of 2017. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill High School Class of 2017 is ready for its next chapter.

Peekskill celebrated its 93rd commencement ceremony Sunday, graduating 186 seniors at the Paramount Hudson Valley.

Speakers at the event included principal Rodney Arthur.

“Your presence today is an acknowledgment of and a testament to the fact that you have achieved a major accomplishment in your life," Arthur said.

In her speech, salutatorian Nia Robinson spoke about the unique diversity Peekskill possesses.

“I am thankful to Peekskill High School for giving me opportunities which made me appreciate the amount of diversity we have in our schools,” Robinson said. “I have been shown that we are all so different, yet still have this common ground that brings us all together. It is a true melting pot.”

Valedictorian Brittney Pauta spoke to her class about the community of support she received during her high school years and the friendships she made during her time at Peekskill schools.

“Although we are all heading down different paths, don’t ever forget where we came from,” Pauta said. “Do not forget your cultural roots, your teachers, your family and the people who have helped you along the way. Stay humble and thank everyone who has helped you reach this point in your life.”

Pauta concluded her graduation speech by thanking her classmates for the times they shared together.

“Thank you to the graduates in the Class of 2017, for creating many special moments together that will turn into one beautiful memory,” Pauta said.

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