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September 21, 2017

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Gloversville graduates Class of 2017valedictorian Quentin Reynolds giving his speech

Gloversville High School graduated 178 students as its Class of 2017 during commencement exercises Saturday, June 24, at the high school.

In her speech, Salutatorian Rebecca Brown-Weinstock brought her classmates on a journey through their time together, choosing sweet and silly moments to highlight from elementary school days to graduation day. Projecting the future, she asked her classmates to imagine their first high school reunion years from now, invoking laughter as she predicted some classmates and teachers might be up to the same antics well into the future.

In his speech, valedictorian Quentin Reynolds, who is pursuing writing in college, likened high school to the prologue of the graduates’ stories. “It’s up to us now to finish writing our stories,” he told his fellow students. He noted that the prologue does not have to determine the rest of the story.salutatorian Rebecca Brown-Weinstock giving her speech “Regardless of what’s happened in your life up until now, you can still make your story whatever you want it to be,” he said.

Former City Court Judge Vincent DeSantis, a member of the Gloversville Class of 1966, delivered the commencement address. Telling the students to think about the big picture, he spoke about the vastness of the universe and the importance each person has within it. “Everything you do in life now you choose,” he said. “Your actions have an impact on the world around you.”

DeSantis told the graduates a parable of a man who simply made bricks all his life discovering his bricks had been used to build a grand cathedral. “You have no idea the impact your work will have,” he said.

Principal Richard DeMallie told the graduates that they should never hold back on telling others they are proud of them and to use the words freely, even with their elders. He gave students a parent’s perspective, telling them, “From the moment ymembers of the top 10 on stage at graduationou entered the world, your parents lives were changed,” and that the students should be sure to thank them for keeping them safe, asking the tough questions and standing by them.

Quoting his late father-in-law, DeMallie told the class, “The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get.”

Superintendent Michael Vanyo also shared a parent’s perspective, having attended his own son’s graduation the day before, telling the graduates that parents in the room were likely thinking about the day their graduate was born, their first day of kindergarten and all the milestones that led up to this day.

Vanyo spoke about his friend who is in the midst of cycling as part of a team in the Race Across America, which has been riddled with weather difficulties. “Life is a race full of challenges,” he said, encouraging the graduates to persevere in all things throughout their lives.members of the top 10 on stage at graduation

Saturday’s graduation was the last for school board president Richard Carlson and Lynn Brown in their positions, as they are leaving the board, and for Superintendent Vanyo, who is moving on to the Ichabod Crane school district. DeMallie thanked them for their service to the district, highlighting their contributions to the Gloversville community.

To view more photos from graduation, see the album on Facebook.