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Class of 2021 Graduates with Legacy of Resilience and Adaptability

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The resilient and adaptable Ward Melville Class of 2021 officially marked the end of their educational journey in the Three Village School District during the annual commencement exercises, held on the front lawn on June 28. The ceremony featured all of the traditional graduation aspects and provided families and students with the opportunity to celebrate this momentous academic milestone.

The graduates marched through the balloon arches as the Ward Melville Symphony Orchestra played “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the singing of the national anthem by Caitlyn Calise, Steven Fontana, Matthew Kronenberg and Hunter Pszybylski.

During his address, Principal William S. Bernhard defined the meaning of the word “try” as “to care and prepare,” all anyone can do in this world. “Ask yourself if you really tried the first time … then come up with a plan to succeed,” Mr. Bernhard said.

Student Government President Jesse Behar reflected on his time at Ward Melville High School and called attending school there a “gift.” Additionally, he announced that the class gift would be a 20-by-20-foot tent for district outdoor programs, which symbolizes the class’s legacy of making the “impossible possible.”

Class of 2021 Valedictorian Chana Lyubich and Salutatorian Allen Hu also delivered eloquent commencement speeches, imparting words of wisdom and collective sentiments about their hopes for the future. Allen explained that each one of the graduates “entered the pandemic as one person and came out as another.” He cautioned his peers to take care of themselves and said, “Be balanced in yourself and cautious in your words but remember that you are never alone.”

Chana’s remarks focused on inevitable change and not knowing where the future lies. “In actuality, lasting change is often more gradual and is brought about through the actions of everyday people,” she said. “All of us – regardless of our future careers and trajectories – can make the difference in the world through the small choices that we make.”

Prior to handing out the diplomas, Mr. Bernhard gave out two special awards. John Woram was recognized for his bravery and courage in fighting cancer, while Connor Hughes was recognized with an award for perfect attendance throughout all 13 years of school.

Assistant Principal Vince Cereola then read the names of each graduate as they marched across the stage to receive a diploma from Mr. Bernhard to the cheers of family and friends. Class of 2021 representative Brooke Walters led the class in the traditional turning of the tassels, marking the graduates’ transition to alumni of the Three Village School District.

As the Ward Melville High School bell rang, the graduates tossed up their caps to conclude the ceremony and joined their family, friends and faculty for photos and to say thank-yous and farewells.

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