Over 2,000 people see off Wallkill Valley graduates

Hamburg. Wallkill Valley Regional High School graduates look at past, present and toward the future.

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  • Studdents begin to line up for graduation.

  • PHOTOS BY ANNA ROSSValedictorian Caroline Kim poses below a Wallkill Valley Banner.

  • Graduates sit during the Tuesday, June 18 ceremony.

  • Wallkill Valley student graduates and receives diploma.

  • Sarah Slater and Sierra DeGroat celebrate.

  • The Wallkill Valley Regional High School gym was filled to capacity for graduation on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

  • Salutatorian Harshil Bhavsar receives diploma.

  • Friends pose for group photo prior to the ceremony.

Graduates donned their robes and lined up while friends and family made their way to their seats.

Over 2000 people walked past the “This is Ranger Territory” logo on the wall as they headed into the gymnasium for the graduation ceremony.

Amidst the smiles, laughter and comradery, Wallkill Valley graduates listened to serious speeches, with interjections of light-hearted jokes, from Senior Class President Garett Koch, Salutatorian Harshil Bhavsar and Valedictorian Caroline Kim.

Senior Class President Garett Koch spoke of “the past.” He said, “Look around, these people will always be a part of your life! Never forget about the people you have been with these years. We are one big Wallkill Valley family. Take your past and learn from it to build a better future.” Koch concluded his speech by saying, “It has been my honor and pleasure to serve you as class president.”

Salutatorian Harshil Bhavsar talked about "the present." He said, “Don’t hesitate to make a choice in the present. Don’t miss opportunities. Put all your strength into it and see the results!”

Bhavsar will be attending Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and will be a Bio-Chem, Pre-med Major.

Valedictorian Caroline Kim’s speech referred to “the future.” She wanted her peers to stay true to themselves.

Kim said, “I truly congratulate all of you! You will fail at some point. Get back up. Take risks, change your mind.”

Kim, already feeling a bit nostalgic, said, “Find and do what you love. No matter how successful you become, always remember you started here at Wallkill!”

Kim will be attending Pomona College in Claremont, California. She is considering an Art History major.

Madysen Piper, Senior Class Vice President led the graduates and attendees through the Pledge of Allegiance. Demi Hernandez, Student Council President, welcomed the graduates and said, “There are no limits to what you can accomplish.” Nicole Verga, Senior Class Secretary, read aloud the names as graduates received their diplomas. Abigail Madden, Senior Class Treasurer, presented the class gift.

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