ARDSLEY, N.Y. The weather may have been far from perfect Wednesday, but Ardsley High Schools graduation ceremony was still a shining moment for the class of 2011.
Due to thunderstorms and cloudy weather throughout the day the graduation, which was originally scheduled to be on the football field, was moved inside to the high school gym. The gym filled up quickly as family and friends packed the bleachers and folding chairs set up for 95th commencement ceremony.
The ceremony began with the ceremonial Pomp and Circumstance as students filed into the gym dressed in caps and gowns. Members of the Class of 2011, which had 196 students, listened as their peers reflected on their time together.
"We should all use what we've learned in the last 13 years and never forget where we came from," said senior class president Rachel Bloom.
Salutatorian Hank Swerdloff spoke about how life is more than just tests and grades.
"Human beings are not defined by numbers," he said, adding that "hard work and determination" as well as the impact one has on the world is more important.
Valedictorian Ranjodh Singh told the audience how he came to love Ardsley after moving to town before high school. Singh joked about moving from Boston and being forced to learn the use of the letter "R" in the alphabet.
Lauren Allan gave a congratulatory speech to the students, but thanked parents in particular for what the children have accomplished.
"Thank you for sharing your precious gifts with us for the past 13 years," Allan said.
Allan quoted Dr. Seuss'" Oh the Places You'll Go" to help the seniors truly appreciate the value and excitement of new beginnings. She also encouraged students to come back and visit Ardsley High School after graduation.
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