Golden Eagles Set to Soar Following Graduation

Golden Eagles Set to Soar Following Graduation photo

The sun shined on the Bethpage Athletic Complex on the evening of June 22 as Bethpage High School honored the Class of 2019 with the 64th annual commencement ceremony.

The graduation also marked the conclusion of the first year for Superintendent of Schools David Schneider, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Michael Spence and High School Principal Nicholas Jantz in their new roles within the district.

“Thank you to the Class of 2019 for your commitment to excellence,” said Mr. Schneider during his speech to the graduates. “You have all represented your class and school with great distinction. We know you will carry on the great tradition of being Golden Eagle alumni.”

Mr. Schneider’s remarks kicked off a number of inspirational speeches delivered throughout the night to congratulate and thank the graduates, their family, friends and community. Mr. Jantz reflected on how his time in Bethpage began with this graduating class as eighth graders at John F. Kennedy Middle School, and how the students helped to ease his transition into his role as high school principal.

“Thank you for making my first year [in the high school] so special,” Jantz said. “Wherever you go next year, please remember to not only bring the knowledge you’ve learned here in Bethpage, but more importantly the lessons, morals and experiences that have made you into the person you are today.”

As tradition, senior class president David Campos, student council president Donald Pesonen, salutatorian Soham Maiti and valedictorian Stacy Kappel delivered poignant remarks. All of them thanked their families and friends that aided in shaping their paths, while also encouraging their classmates to embrace the future.

“We have the responsibility to not only make our parents and everyone else that has supported us proud, but to also set an example for the future graduates of Bethpage,” said Stacy.

Following the presentation of diplomas, Mr. Jantz officially pronounced the Class of 2019 graduates. The ceremonial cap toss put an exclamation point on not only the evening, but the 13 years of education for the graduates in the district.
 
Bethpage congratulates the entire class and reminds them that “Once a Golden Eagle, Always a Golden Eagle!”

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