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Fox Meadow Graduates Ready for Future



June 27, 2019

Fox Meadow High School graduates were urged Monday to take the tools they have learned and use them to carve a successful future in the world.
 
“Each of you has grown tremendously,” Principal Nicole Ginexi told the 11 graduates, dressed in red caps and gowns, at a ceremony at the high school’s Yorktown campus. Ginexi said the graduates had all overcome significant challenges to earn their diplomas and now could draw on the education and communication skills they had mastered at Fox Meadow to succeed.
 
 
“Be who you are: The world is filled with creative differences but you will always have your own unique design,” she said.
 
Keynote speaker Patrick Bourke, who noted that his own teenage years were difficult, told the graduates that they must now take time to learn about themselves and never settle “for less than the best that you can do.” 
 
“Climb the high mountains and find out what makes you happy,” he said. “Live the phrase “The sky’s the limit.’ ”
 
At the ceremony, held under a tent decorated with red-and-gold balloons, staff from the PNW BOCES high school spoke about each student before they received their diplomas to cheers and applause. In a video, the students also reflected on their time at Fox Meadow, with many thanking staff members for believing in them.
 
The graduates are:  Antonio Croce of Elmsford; Heney Dorvilus of Mahopac; Jack Gjushi of North Salem; Kristofer Maksuti of Croton-Harmon; Michael Martinez of Peekskill; Brayan Mendez of Lakeland; TKyia Powell of Newburgh; Alexandria Pujol of Lakeland; Franco Soccodato of Brewster; Faylene Szantyr of Beacon; and Matthew Warren of Yorktown.
 
District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan praised the Fox Meadow staff for their hard work and for preparing the students to either continue their education or seek employment.
 
“I know they have a great future ahead of them and we wish them all the best,” he said.
 
Parent speaker Cecilia Soccodato thanked the staff for helping the students reach graduation day. In recognizing their own hard work and growth, she urged the graduates to remember the teachers and family members who had pushed them, inspired them and never given up on them. 
 
“I know it has not been an easy road,” she told the graduates. “You should be proud of all your accomplishments.”