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Monday, June 18, 2018
Student speaker Jonathan Hart of North Warren Central School District
Two hundred ninety eight Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from the Class of 2018 received their completion certificates at the Southern Adirondack Education Center’s Completion and Award Ceremony on June 15 at the Cool Insuring Arena.
CTE Executive Principal Turina Parker spoke about how Career and Technical Education students in our region and state compete in competitions which are designed to test the skills of participants in specific career areas. This year 7 CTE students are competing at the national SkillsUSA competition held in Louisville, Kentucky based on their performance in state competitions. Ten students placed first in a variety of competitions and 12 more placed second or third. This high level of performance effectively makes each of these students the best in New York state.
Jonathan Hart of North Warren, who is in the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program, was the student speaker. In his address, Jonathan likened the students’ journey to that of a clock. “The minute hand is our present residence in time. It is now. The hour hand will be our success, goals, dreams, and the most important episodes in our lives.”
Jonathan went on to say, “today is one of those special moments and so we should take the time to acknowledge it. This moment is the first step we take down a path that we all have been preparing for. For some people it is two years, others a year, and, for a few, a dream since they were young.”
Jonathan spoke about the need for Career and Technical Education in our society, that students are all talented in their own unique ways, and commended his fellow students for their hard work and dedication.
In closing, Jonathan quoted Kalam Angee Riddee, an Indian entrepreneur who said, “everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exaltation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
District Superintendent James Dexter complimented the Class of 2018 on their perseverance and tenacity, and for taking a chance at something different. He thanked parents for their support. He concluded by saying, “thank you for sending us such great kids. Your son or daughter is employable now.”
For more details on the ceremony and to see the list of completers, refer to the file below.
Class of 2018