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    What a Difference a Day Makes for the Class of 2017
    June 26, 2017 9:10 pm  
    What a Difference a Day Makes for the Class of 2017

    by Linda Mittiga, Sayville Schools Public Relations

    A deluge of rain that coasted by with thunderstorms several hours before Sayville’s Commencement on Saturday June 24 postponed the ten a.m. ceremony.

    But, Sunday at twelve noon, approximately 240 Sayville graduates in their iridescent purple and yellow gowns gathered and celebrated under refreshing sunny skies.  With the lovely breezes coming from the Great South Bay, it was indeed well worth the wait.

    Leading the processional for the last time was Superintendent of Sayville Schools, Dr. Walter Schartner who is retiring after forty-four years as an educator, thirty-nine in Sayville School District. He was accompanied by High School Principal Ron Hoffer, Board of Education President John Verdone,  Board Vice President Thomas Cooley, along with district administrators the incoming Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Stimmel, Assistant Superintendent of Business John Belmonte, and Board of Education members Maureen Dolan, Norm deVenau, and Keith Kolar. The enthused Class of 2017 marched toward their seats followed by the Teachers Who Made A Difference, and numerous Sayville Alumni  participating in the Annual Alumni Walk.  

    The Class of 2017 listened to the philosophy and advice from Salutatorian Matthew Tomko, Valedictorian Michael Earvolino, and 2017 Class President Sean Barry. They were moved by the vocal selection For Forever sung by Class of 2017 National award-winning and Patricia Ann Kubelle Memorial award-winning vocalist James Baio. They applauded the one among them joining the military. They cheered for each other as a community of “emerging adults” who by finding their own “passions and interests,” in the words of their class president, will have an impact on the future.
    After Principal Ronald Hoffer’s final congratulations, the Class of 2017 sailed their purple and gold mortarboards upward against a cerulean-blue sky.

    Linda A. Mittiga
    Sayville Schools Public Relations
    631 244 6514

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