Valedictorian Abigail Kazakov
Highlights from Pre-Recorded Portion of Graduation Celebration
A portion of the New Rochelle High School Class of 2020 graduation celebration was pre-recorded. Watch the ceremony, with words of wisdom, praise and congratulations by visiting https://ensemble.lhric.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/t5HZa39G/view. Some highlights follow, but be sure to watch it all.
Valedictorian Abigail Kazakov: "It’s insane how four years of high school just flew by so fast. It serves as a reminder to focus and put your phone down, before a moment has passed."
Salutatorian Stephen Bartell: Addressed his classmates as, "athletes and mathletes" and said the pandemic underlined that, "to be a New Rochelle Huguenot is to be a problem solver."
"I never expected to sit through my final classes of high school in my pajamas nor did I expect gym class to involve repeatedly walking back and forth between my bed and my refrigerator."
Class President Ekemini Etor: "We really are one big family and I wouldn't change a thing about it. We are using what we learned in four years for good and if that is proof of anything, it is proof that our generation will be the one to end racial inequality and injustice."
Board of Education President Amy Moselhi: "You are the future and you will have the enormous burden of righting the wrongs that we have seen play out on our national stage….Each of you will be remembered often times for contributions you didn't realize you had made: to your friends, to your teachers, to your coaches, to your community and to your parents."
Board of Education member Lianne Merchant: "You have proven...that you have what it takes. You learned how to stare down uncertainty. This is a new era; the rules haven't been written yet. You are able to handle that because of what you’ve been through."
Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo: "Work hard and never miss the opportunity to better yourself, but have a little fun while you're at it. Make room for your loved ones, make a new friend, find a new passion, find a way to serve others."
Interim NRHS Principal Joseph Starvaggi: We need you, our graduates, our young citizens, to be the change we need. We need you to make sure that all people, especially those who have been mistreated and treated with bias, are given the respect and treatment they deserve.