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EI's Class of 2018 Graduates

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As sunny skies shone overhead, the high school held its 91st commencement on June 21, giving the Class of 2018 a chance to celebrate their achievements and get ready for a new phase of life.

Seniors Alexa Benitez and Stone Locke led the audience in the pledge of allegiance, Gabriella Commisso sang the national anthem, and four gifted senior vocalists – Jake Acocella, Jenna Anderson, Sarah Bloom and Sara Rapuzzi – sang the school’s alma mater.

“It is time for the Class of 2018 to set sail on the sea of life,” said Superintendent John Dolan. Speaking to the graduates, he told them, “Remember your family and the entire East Islip community will forever be your foundation, your lighthouse, your home…giving you comfort in the stormy times and shining brightly on your many accomplishments yet to come.”

Also addressing the new grads were Principal William Brennen and Board of Education President Jessica Carney, who urged them to be genuine. Carney honored 21 alumni from the Class of 1968 who were in attendance, and Kerri Kolensky recognized the top 25 students in the senior class.

Salutatorian Kevin Varga kept his promise to keep his speech short, thanking his teachers and parents and leaving his fellow graduates with a quote from Clint Eastwood, “It doesn’t matter what you do in life, just be the best at it.”

Jason Burke, the valedictorian, said, “Everyone has their weaknesses, but in this class, there are so many strengths – future mechanics, nurses, doctors, engineers, computer scientists, CEOs and musicians. I can’t tell you what you have to do to get there, but I know you all have what it takes. I am positive that when each of you set your goals, you will have the ability and work ethic to achieve your dreams.”

After the diplomas were presented, Class President John Camlet gave a lighthearted farewell address, followed by the familiar traditions of turning tassels and tossing caps.

As a Beethoven symphony finale poured from the orchestra’s strings, EI’s Class of 2018 walked out of the stadium to their new future.


Friday, August 23, 2019