Hats off to the Class of 2019

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Proud parents, friends and school administrators looked on as the Riverhead High School Class of 2019 received their diplomas during the district’s annual commencement exercises on June 26.

The early summer evening ceremony commenced with a flag salute led by the NJROTC and student-musicians singing the national anthem and “We Can Dream” by Pinkzebra. 

The accomplishments of this year’s graduating class were touted by several speakers, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, who also dispensed words of wisdom. 

“The road ahead is yours to define,” Dr. Henriquez said. “I know we can count on you to become leaders in your community and apply your passions for the betterment of society.”

In his address, Acting High School Principal Sean O’Hara told students to face their futures head-on and not be afraid of failure. “Like a blue wave, you are strong,” he said.   

Also taking the podium were valedictorian Joshua Caskie and salutatorian Brittney Miller, who reflected on memories from their years in the Riverhead Central School District and offered advice to their classmates. 

“We made it to the end together,” said Caskie. “Savor your memories and never forget our home.” He advised his classmates to always consider both sides of an argument, look deeper than the surface and be open-minded.

Miller shared how high school had taught her to laugh and “enjoy the moment,” adding, “As we continue our journey, enjoy every fleeting moment, every sunset.” 

The ceremony also featured words from Olivia Bozuhoski, who spoke about the history of the Class of 2019; student government president Michael Cunningham; and Dominic Bossey, who presented the class gift. 

The graduates were then called to the stage to receive their diplomas and the official designation of Riverhead Central School District alumni. 

The district offers best wishes and much success to the Class of 2019, now and in the years to come.