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Thankful to Start a New Chapter

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Proudly wearing red robes and caps, East Islip High School’s Class of 2022 excitedly marched on to Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium for the school’s 95th commencement ceremony on June 23.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Meagan Diaz, Kamilah Pasha and Gianna Viviano, Aiden Gomez sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the vocal quartet of Michaela Fitzsimmons, Isabelle Irizarry-McAdam, Jake Kilrain and Daniel Locke delivered a beautiful rendition of the school’s alma mater, while the school’s American Sign Language class offered interpreted versions. Principal Mark Bernard then presented 50-year diplomas to members of East Islip’s Class of 1972 in attendance.

In his address to the current graduates, Bernard noted that he had shared an exceptional bond with these students, having spent all three years with them as principal of East Islip Middle School before moving to the high school with them for the last four years. “As you leave East Islip High School, accept this challenge: Be the difference in someone’s life,” he told the seniors. “End the isolation that we have all felt. Reach out and reconnect, and never hide your EI Pride.”

“Thank you for allowing me to make all these memories and meet all these people,” salutatorian Miranda Stockton said of East Islip itself. “I will carry everything I learned over the years with me for the rest of my life. This is only the beginning, and I wish everyone luck in their new chapter in life.”

Valedictorian Chiara Mosca spoke on perfectionism and goals. “Yes, it’s important to try your absolute best and work your hardest, but living in a goal-based mindset of hollow ultimatums will always leave you feeling unsatisfied, unfulfilled and unhappy,” she said. “Instead of telling yourself you’ll be happy when a specific goal is achieved, it is much more valuable to focus your energy and dedication on your core principles. Your goals will follow.”

After the top 25 seniors of the class were recognized, Superintendent John Dolan addressed the Class of 2022. “It is an honor and personal privilege to have served as your superintendent since you were in the fifth grade,” Dolan told them. “Watching you grow from girls and boys to the accomplished men and women you are today, has been one of the greatest gifts of my professional career. You are a class of strength, character, resilience, perseverance, optimism and a strong work ethic, all encased in such beautiful smiles.”

Board of Education President Christopher Zachry reminded the graduates to “slow it down, enjoy the moment and be thankful for the gift of the day. To the Class of 2022, no matter where you go or where life takes you, East Islip will always be your home.”

Following a farewell from Class of 2022 Co-Presidents Emily Blair and Nicole Rosenberg, tassels were turned, caps flung into the sky, and the newest graduates of East Islip walked out to join their happy families and explore the futures.

Date Added: 6/28/2022

Monday, August 08, 2022