MEXICO, NY – Family, friends, staff members and school district administrators gathered recently to honor the graduates from the Oswego County BOCES (OCB) Special Education Department.
The ceremony and reception, held at OCB in Mexico, provided an opportunity to praise and celebrate the studentsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ achievements.
Director of Human Resources Mark LaFountain welcomed the guests and offered his congratulations to the 11 graduates.
Jim Huber, director of Special Education, followed with a few opening remarks and words of wisdom.
He thanked the students for their commitment to their education and spoke about a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“troubledÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ day he recently had and what he learned from it.
He said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNo matter how bad your day is going, look for a bright spot. ThereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s always a bright spot hiding somewhere.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Following the speakers, the graduates had an opportunity to address the audience and talk about their time in the OCB Special Education program.
In an emotional speech by graduate Dylan Picquet from Phoenix, he recognized and thanked a fellow ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“graduateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ special education teacher Lenarda Maniccia.
Picquet asked Maniccia to stand in acknowledgement and said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis is her last year here at BOCES, sheÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s graduating, too!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Following the studentsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ remarks, a video presentation created by special education teacher Mary Jane Parkinson-McGilvray played for the audience.
For the final portion of the ceremony, school district representatives were introduced and given the opportunity to present each graduate with their diploma.
The 2008 graduates were: Christopher Cronk (Central Square), Sean Kavney (Central Square), John Soukup (Central Square), Andrew Bauder (Fulton), Jillian Karpinko (Fulton), Lindsey Labulis (Fulton), Timothy Allen (Hannibal), Damien McRae (Hannibal), Chad Rohr (Mexico), Dylan Picquet (Phoenix), and Jennifer Pizzuto (Pulaski).