Now well-prepared for that next step, the recent graduates of CiTi’s Exceptional Education program will enter the workforce or seek other opportunities, thanks to the support of their teachers, support staff members and families. The graduates proudly processed into CiTi’s gymnasium as they received a standing ovation honoring all of their hard work.
Michele Alagna, assistant director of Exceptional Education, joined Julie Landy, director of Exceptional Education, as co-emcee of the affair, and congratulatory remarks were offered by CiTi District Superintendent Christopher Todd. He also spoke of the graduates’ obligation to share their intelligence, humor, grit and love to everyone they encounter.
“You have been surrounded by people who love you,” he said. “The challenge to you is now that you are leaving, pass it on.”
A video presentation, compiled by teaching assistant Tammy Furlong, provided highlights of each students throughout the 217-2018 school year. With that brought smiles from students and a few tears of joy from CiTi staff members, school district representatives and guests.
In their address to the graduates, Landy and Alagna thanked the students for their commitment to finishing their high school education. Their strength to overcome challenges and heart put into each task has well-prepared them for their next adventures, they said.
Several graduates read their own remarks of thanks to teachers and support from family. Benjamin Nichol, of the Central Square School District, told CiTi staff members in his speech that they were there for him when he needed it the most and he will never forget them. Joseph Lisi, of the Phoenix Central School District, thanked CiTi’s Exceptional Education program for finding him employment, while Pulaski Academy & Central School District’s Daniel Hall shared his experiences with the Vocational Enrichment Program.
After diplomas were presented, graduates and all attendees enjoyed a light reception.
CiTi’s 2018 Exceptional Education graduates are: Nathan Huffman of Baldwinsville Central School District, Sierra Crandall of Hannibal Central School District, Joseph Lisi of Phoenix Central School District, Daniel Hall of Pulaski Academy & Central School District; and Benjamin Nichol and Erin Shanahan of Central Square School District. Graduates from the Fulton City School District included: Kyle Arroway, Dillon Pollock, Austin Quinn, Derrick Rusaw, Jonathan Smith and Coby Wells. Also honored were the following graduates from the Oswego City School District: Robert Burkett, Michael Fantom, Aaron Mabb and Collin Pietroski.