Poughkeepsie - The halls of Poughkeepsie High School were filled with blue and white Saturday, June 28th as about 200 seniors said good-bye to high school and hello to the real world.
Prior to the ceremony getting underway you could hear gasps and squeals coming from the students as they greeted one another. Just as Pomp and Circumstance played the students full of smiles along with some nerves. The students paraded through the halls lead by Superintendent, Dr. Laval S. Wilson along with distinguished faculty and staff.
Poughkeepsie High School Principal, Ms. Margaret Pineiro welcomed the crowd and reminded the students to "save the celebration for after the ceremony." The Poughkeepsie High School Senior Music Students directed by: Ms. Ceista Little-Quinn wowed the audience with their rendition of "I Believe." "Whenever any of you here this song again it will bring you back to this day and remind you all of what you have accomplished to get to this point," said Pineiro.
Valedictorian, Alexander Harmuth spoke about how it was an "honor and privilege" to be addressing his fellow students. Harmuth also spoke about the future and how from this day forward, "each of us will become more and more independent, no longer finding the need to rely on mom and dad", said Harmuth.
Salutatorian, Brian Veltre spoke about how he was new to the area and quickly made a lot of friends. "Who knew I would have made such great friends that I will have for a lifetime," said Veltre. Veltre also spoke about how it was the simple and everyday things he was going to miss such as walking the halls and seeing all the great people he had come to know.
The class of 2008 had a special keynote speaker, Mrs. Linda Melton Mann. Mann is a retired Poughkeepsie City School District administrator who served the district for more than twenty-four years. During her tenure in the district Mann was an Assistant Principal of Poughkeepsie High School and Interim Principal of Poughkeepsie High School. Prior to coming to Poughkeepsie, Mann taught in the Lakeland City School District in Westchester County and in Newark, N.J. School System where she organized women’s sports programs and multicultural after-school programs. "Some questioned my decision to come back to Poughkeepsie," "I personally have never questioned my decision to come back here, this is one of the best places to work," said Mann.