GCHS grads demonstrate the power of diversity


The bleachers at Glen Cove High School’s J.C. Maiden Field were filled to capacity with proud family members who came to watch the class of 2017 graduate on a sunny afternoon last Sunday.

The ceremony began with the high school band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the GCHS Alma Mater, sung by the Concert Choir.

“Thank you all for being such fantastic individuals,” Principal Antonio Santana told the graduates. “Thank you for enriching my life over the last two years. It’s really been awesome.”

Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna reminded parents of how proud they should be of the seniors. “The time with them, listening and working with them, has been a tremendous experience,” Rianna said. “They are a very special group of young people, diverse in their dreams, in their skills and their many talents, but very similar in their passion, their sense of community and in their hearts.”

Valedictorian Julie Micko, Salutatorian Geovani Flores, Honorarian Laura Roesch and senior class President Anthony James Perfetti also spoke, and thanked their classmates for enriching their high school experience and preparing them to go out into the workforce with open minds and hearts.

“The memories and character you developed here are irreplaceable,” Micko said. “Always look back at your life story with as few regrets as possible, because every mistake and awkward moment here has helped you grow, bit by bit, into the unique individual you are today.”

With their diplomas in hand, the 202 students could not stop smiling as they closed this memorable chapter in their lives.