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Thursday June 23, 2016 at 3:39pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, High School


The Class of 2016 Baccalaureate Exercises on June 20 delivered and evoked a generous mix of the solemn, the inspirational, and the playful.


The JROTC Colorguard opened the ceremonies to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” and Principal Kenneth Hauck led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Directed by music and choral teacher Victor Izzo III, the Chamber Choir entertained with Chicago’s “Baby What a Big Surprise,” and the Senior Ensemble kicked it up with an animated rendition of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.”


Addresses were given by Joseph Flaherty, president of the Board of Education; Brian C. Monahan, superintendent of schools; high school math teacher and baseball coach Bruce Guyette; senior Dalton Chu; and class parent Matthew Hanson.


Teacher Bruce Guyette surprised when he advised students to travel, question, and try a job they can love, whether or not they get paid for it, before committing to any one path.


Speaking candidly from his own experience as a Minisink Valley student, senior Dalton Chu rallied laughs, emotions and earnest applause. “Thank you, for being you. Thank you, for being part of my life story. Thank you for being part of the memory of the Minisink Valley High School Graduating Class of 2016,” he said in closing.


To senior Katie Hargrove, Dalton speech struck an emotional chord as she related to his words and experience.  Jen Borek was entertained and energized by Dalton’s address, and Grace Murray was encouraged by Mr. Guyette’s focus: “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” she said.  Emily Stehlik was inspired by Mr. Hanson’s speech and will remember him as good mentor. Dylan Czubak and Joseph Carey shared that Mr. Hanson was like a father to them growing up, and they will never lose touch with him.


Commencement Exercises will take place on Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m., at the John Bell Athletic Field.