Saucon Valley HS: 'Never too early to start connection'
The Saucon Valley HS Class of 2014 entered the ranks of alumni last Friday evening.
Family and friends watched as the 187 graduates proudly processed into the high school auditorium, women dressed in white caps and gowns and men adorned in red, as one by one they took their seats on stage.
Class of 2014 valedictorian Rachel Smith and salutatorian Sloane Smith presented a joint commencement address. Both thanked family, teachers and school staff for supporting them throughout the years.
Rachel Smith said social media offers many benefits, allowing the new graduates to keep in contact with their classmates years after receiving their diplomas.
"It is this connectivity we must use," she said.
Sloane Smith urged her classmates to make use of social media throughout their professional lives.
"We as an interconnected generation will use these tools to further our careers," she said.
Rachel Smith said the relationships formed over the years at Saucon Valley will remain a part of the graduates' lives.
"These connections to each other will never be broken," she said.
Sloane Smith asked the graduates to begin the process of creating enduring connections now.
"We have 180 connections sitting behind us," she said, "It is never too early to start the connection."
The faculty speech was given by high school social studies teacher Mario Marcozzi, a graduate of Saucon Valley HS.
"Remember the value of strong teamwork and treat the people around you as family," he said.
James Burke, class president, welcomed the new graduates and audience, reflecting on the many experiences shared and gained at Saucon Valley.
"I strongly feel that in 15 years we'll look back on these memories," he said.
Principal Eric Kahler highlighted the class of 2014's many accomplishments, ranging from academics to sports and clubs. He told the graduates to fully embrace what the future has to offer.
"Go out and live your life," he said. "Face your future with confidence, humility and humbleness."
Retiring Superintendent Sandra Fellin told the new graduates to appreciate every day.
"Each day is a gift that cannot be exchanged," she said. "Remember to make each day count. I wish you all great things to come."
After the graduates received their diplomas and turned their tassels, they met with family and friends outside the auditorium to celebrate.