The Byram Hills Class of 2016
June 21, 2016
The Byram Hills High School commencement exercise held at SUNY Purchase on June 21 was “the conclusion of a 13-year journey that marks the beginning of the next facet of the lives of our graduates,” said Principal Chris Borsari, who also ended his journey at Byram Hills this year. “The ceremony is probably the closest thing to the right of passage into adulthood,” Borsari said, as he welcomed his eighth and last graduating class of Byram Hills.
The class of 233 graduates is the largest senior class in Byram Hills history.
“If you are graduating on stage today,” said Kevin Chang, Salutatorian, “you are a part of the Byram Class of 2016 that would not be complete without you, as every one of us holds a piece of our class identity in a collective memory.”
After four short years at the high school, it’s time to leave, said Nicole Kim, Valedictorian. She said some of the little things that define their legacy at Byram Hills High School included the onset of the school’s wifi, the last class to experience the dreaded Junior Author Paper, and the first class to chant “We love Freshman” at the homecoming pep rally. “Remember where we have come from, the collective memories, and incorporate these roots into shaping your new perspective,” concluded Kim.
Perhaps the most important impact on your future success and happiness is to be humble and to be kind, said Borsari. “Humility will make you a better listener, student, partner, leader and friend. Selfishly embrace kindness as a guiding principle in your lives as it’s amazing how rewarding it can be to bring happiness to other people.”
Superintendent Dr. William Donohue, who has had the honor of working in the Byram Hills School District for 26 years, said the academic achievements, theatre productions, athletic accomplishments and friendships of the graduating seniors were reached with the guidance of smart, caring, involved and generous leadership in a strong educational institution. Donohue presented the class to Robin Glat, President of the Board of Education.
Glat noted the contrast between the students’ excitement and anticipation and their parents melancholy from the quick passage of time. She quoted Yogi Berra, the great New York Yankee catcher, who said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” She added, “Sometimes that fork in the road can make life exciting and fresh with new opportunities.”
The Byram Hills community wishes the class of 2016 the best as they have been given the “opportunity to explore a wide range of interests and experiences” and to move from “youthful exploration to more adult responsibilities and all the possibilities that await you,” concluded Borsari.