Graduations Friday and Saturday for local high school students

The high school graduation season culminates this weekend, when Andes, Margaretville, Onteora and Roxbury central schools will hold their commencements on Friday and Saturday.

Andes Central School
Andes Central School will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25 in the gymnasium at ACS. Fourteen students will receive their diplomas and addresses will be delivered by valedictorian Kaitlin Mackay and salutatorian Karli Tait.
Former ACS Superintendent John Bernhardt will serve as the graduation speaker. Bernhardt retired last spring after six years as the Andes superintendent. In addition, the Andes school band will perform and members of the senior class who participated in high school chorus will perform a song.
The graduation ceremony will also include a senior awards presentation. Senior Rachel Andrews will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Margaretville Central School
Thirty-five students will earn diplomas when Margaretville Central School holds its graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 on the front lawn at MCS. Longtime social studies teacher Bill Fiedler will serve as the graduation speaker. Fiedler has taught at MCS since 1975. Graduation speeches will also be delivered by valedictorian Garrett Fairbairn and salutatorian Michelle O’Reilly, and the MCS band and choral group will perform.
Special recognition will also be bestowed during the senior awards presentation.

Onteora Central School
The Onteora Central School Class of 2010 will graduate this Friday evening at a ceremony set for 6 p.m. at the high school campus in Boiceville. This year’s valedictorian is Andrew Loheac of Hurley and the salutatorian is Nissa Gustafson of West Hurley.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on the football field behind the high school. In the event of rain graduation will be held in the gymnasium.

Roxbury Central School
Roxbury will hold its 2010 graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 in the Duane S. Ely Gymnasium at RCS. Twenty-four seniors will march in the ceremony, and speeches will be given by valedictorian Rachel Meckes and salutatorian Alexa Finch.
Longtime teacher Robert Cook will serve as the graduation speaker. Cook, who has taught social studies at Roxbury Central School for 27 years, is retiring this year.
In addition, a number of seniors will be presented with awards. Music will be performed by a band comprised of students and community members.