By CHRIS EBERHART
Bronxville High School was called the ideal set for a high school movie during the graduation speech by guest speaker Gia Walsh, the mother of graduate Stephen Walsh.
And the June 21 high school graduation—with sunny skies, a slight breeze, the graduates’ white dress suits and dresses, and a crowded audience on the school’s front lawn—was the latest picture-perfect scene and the last in the story of the graduating Class of 2014.
“Today is a day that we will not forget,” graduate Ana Timoney-Gomez, Bronxville High School’s senior class president, said during her graduation speech.
“One of the days we will look back on as an important part of the foundation of our future. All of us are so lucky to have a future that is so bright and so full of possibility and hope.”
Before the 135 graduates received their diplomas, Jacqueline Saralegui, student faculty liaison president, looked back and highlighted some of the major accomplishments of this year’s class during her speech.
“Among us, we have classmates training for the Olympics, classmates who have competed in national poetry competitions, danced in ‘The Nutcracker,’ performed cancer research at Columbia and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro,” Saralegui said. “These collective accomplishments out of such a small class make our futures look bright.”
Following the speeches by Timoney-Gomez, Saralegui and Walsh, the graduating athletes, poets, dancers, artists, scientists and adrenaline seekers received awards and their diplomas from Board of Education president David Brashear to great applause.
“This is a fantastic graduating class,” Brashear told the Review after the graduation ceremony. “This class is unbelievably accomplished. This class, across the board, is going to outstanding colleges and a bunch of them [are] going to the very most elite colleges. It has been a huge success this year, and we’re really proud of all of them.”
Ann Meyer, Bronxville High School’s principal, had a message for the graduates.
“I hope each of you in the years to come are able to find something to do with your lives that gives you as much fulfillment and brings you as much happiness as the job that I do each day I come to Bronxville,” she said. “I cannot tell you how much my time with you as your teacher and now your principal has meant to me. You are a wonderful group of young men and women and I have no doubt that you will make positive contributions to the world.”