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Pleasantville High School Celebrates Class of 2011

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville High School honored its future and its past Friday night at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2011.

In addition to the commencement for the 148 graduating seniors, the school also honored the fiftieth anniversary of the Class of 1961

The ceremony beat  the impending inclement weather scheduled for Friday night.

Kristen DeLancey, the salutatorian, spoke of idealism and embracing what has become a "bad word" these days.

"I envision the future like a movie montage," she said. "We should not fear idealism. Why shouldn't we be idealistic? Living life to merely exist is not living at all."

Superintendent of Schools Mary Fox-Alter  noted the 16 2011 graduates whose parents and grandparents are also PHS alumni. She urged the graduates "to be an active participant in life, be the author of your own biography."

Principal Robert Hendrickson thanked the school’s staff and noted that his address will likely be forgotten.

"My wife and I were looking back at our graduations and our children's graduations and we don't remember any of the principal's speeches," he said.

Twenty graduating seniors were then honored with 12 different graduation awards that honor seniors who exemplify admirable characteristics.

Graduating senior Victoria Borges was inducted into the U.S. Coast Guard, one of 94 joining the Coast Guard class of 2015.

Pleasantville valedictorian Clare Eichinger told her classmates "to be naive, be passionate because without happiness, what do we live for?"

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