- Sullivan BOCES
Class of 2022 - Rubin Pollack Education Center Graduates Twenty-one (click for more and to view ceremony)
Sullivan BOCES held its commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, for the Rubin Pollack Education Center at the Clubhouse at Villa Roma. Family, teachers, and school administrators came together to honor twenty-one graduates for their educational achievements.
Deputy Superintendent Susan Schmidt addressed the group with welcoming remarks. She spoke of how the graduates started their high school journey before the pandemic and how each student has endured the challenges of learning in a rollercoaster environment - going from in-person learning to remote instruction to hybrid instruction and landing back to in-person learning. Schmidt concluded with the statement, “Tonight, we are here to share in your success. One of the most important life lessons is that you cannot do it alone. As you prepare for your next adventure, remember to be open to working as a team, find people who inspire you to be a better person, and hang on to them. Always maintain your sense of humor and celebrate your successes. Congratulations, Class of 2022.”
Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan was the keynote speaker for the graduation. Ms. Galligan congratulated the students for their accomplishments and shared the following advice. “As you go through life, take time to go for a walk and get a little lost sometimes. You can always use your phone to find your way home. Each of you has decided to pursue your education in high school. You have faced different stressors than many, and you persevered, but you leave here today with the skills to enter the workforce or pursue higher education. At the end of the day, you are the sum of all the decisions you have made in your life. When you look at yourself in the mirror, know the most important thing is that you have done the right thing and gave everything you have. Don’t leave room to tell yourself that you could have tried harder. Make sure you are true to yourself and the person you want to be,” stated Galligan.
Jahshime Diaz, a graduate from the Monticello Central School, was the student speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Diaz spoke of the path that led him to BOCES and how much he has grown during his time at BOCES. He ended with this statement to his classmates, “As we move forward, I hope we all do our best to succeed.”
According to Adam Riehl, Executive Principal of Specialized Programs, this group of individuals has made it through a few challenging years. As he addressed the graduates, he stated that graduation is a time to reflect on the past and recognize the accomplishments that have led to this moment. Graduation is also a time to ponder the future - to dream. “You hold the keys to your future, and you have the ability and the responsibility to contribute to making a better world,” said Riehl. “Remember, the road to achievement, success, and greatness is always under construction, so don’t let yourself be easily discouraged. I ask that you continue learning, pursuing your interest, and defining your path. Follow your instincts and your heart, as they will never lead you astray. You have arrived at one of the greatest milestones in a student’s life. As you move through your next journey, remember that what you do and what you learn depends on you.”
The Class of 2022 includes Gabriel Bell, SWCS; Anthony Clarke, SWCS; Madison Cohen, MCS; Elijah Corbin, MCS; Catherine Crespo, LCS; Najlee Davis, MCS; Jahshime Diaz, MCS; Clayton Doolittle, FCS; Nicole Heins, LCS; Juan Hernandez, MCS; Jesse Hogencamp, MCS; Andrew “Jake” Hund, RCS; Avery Hund-Gately, LMCS; Zora Ivory, MCS; Iliana Marrero, FCS; Michael Murry, FCS; Nathaniel Perry, FCS; Christian Ramirez, LMCS; Daniel Ronelli, III, MCS; Destiny Staten, MCS; and Deric Young, LMCS.
The students were also recognized during the ceremony for receiving the following awards and scholarships. The President’s Academic Achievement Award was presented to Iliana Marrero, FCS; Nicole Heins, LCS; Elijah Corbin, MCS; and Zora Ivory, MCS. Jahshime Diaz, MCS; Jesse Hogencamp, MCS; Daniel Ronelli, III, MCS; Andrew “Jake” Hund, RCS; and Gabriel Bell, SWCS, received the President’s Academic Excellence Award. Avery Hund-Gately, LMCS; Jahshime Diaz, MCS; and Daniel Ronelli, III, MCS, received the American Citizenship Award. Jesse Hogencamp, MCS, received the BOCES Board Award recognizing academic improvement, and Madison Cohen, MCS, received the Outstanding Graduate Award. The Theresa Panny Memorial Award was presented to Iliana Marrero, FCS, and Andrew “Jake” Hund, RCS. Zora Ivory, MCS, received the Thelma Newman Memorial Award and Gabriel Bell, SWCS, received the Antonia Keesler Citizenship Award. The Career & Technical Education Award went to Nicole Heins, LCS, and Deric Young, LMCS. Madison Cohen, MCS, received the Gene Smith School to Work Award. The Liberty Elks Award was awarded to Nicole Heins, LCS, and Gabriel Bell, SWCS, and Jahshime Diaz, MCS, received the Liberty Rotary Club Award. The Perseverance Awards were presented to Gabriel Bell, SWCS; Anthony Clarke, SWCS; Madison Cohen, MCS; Elijah Corbin, MCS; Catherine Crespo, LCS; Najlee Davis, MCS; Jahshime Diaz, MCS; Clayton Doolittle, FCS; Nicole Heins, LCS; Juan Hernandez, MCS; Jesse Hogencamp, MCS; Andrew “Jake” Hund, RCS; Avery Hund-Gately, LMCS; Zora Ivory, MCS; Iliana Marrero, FCS; Michael Murry, FCS; Nathaniel Perry, FCS; Christian Ramirez, LMCS; Daniel Ronelli, III, MCS; Destiny Staten, MCS; and Deric Young, LMCS.