Fox Meadow High School Graduates Ten

“It’s been quite a journey but we’re all ready to graduate,” said student speaker Tatianna Singh at the Fox Meadow High School graduation at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Wednesday night.

Singh acknowledged that she and her fellow graduates had to overcome many obstacles to reach this day. Ten students from seven different school districts graduated from Fox Meadow High School. The bond between students and staff clearly could be seen as teachers cheered for the students and the students praised the teachers in their speeches.

Superintendent Dr. James Langlois told the graduates that this time of their lives is “a time you are going to have to start stepping out on your own,” adding that one of the things they had learned during their time at Fox Meadow was “how to open yourself up to the people around you.”

In her parent address, Michelle Yorio, mother of graduate Dean Yorio, said “Fourteen years ago my son and I walked through the front doors of Walden and that was the start of our journey.” She praised BOCES and the staff, saying “We have met some of the most truly amazing, caring and hardworking teachers and staff. People who truly love what they do. This isn’t just a job to them.”

Keynote speaker Fred Santoli former Principal of Fox Meadow and now Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment told the assembled graduates “look around at the expressions of joy you have brought to the faces of so many people.” Santoli told them not to fear the future because people experience some of the greatest happiness of their lives in their twenties.

“Your teachers have given you new ways to express what you feel,” Santoli said. He said their hearts had expanded at Fox Meadow. Fox Meadow serves students with a variety of learning needs who have not been successful in a typical high school.

The following students graduated Alexander Dago (Ossining); William Goldberg (Lakeland); Angelo Harris (Ossining); Joseph Hyatt (Haldane); Andrew Lamb (Mamaroneck); Nicholas Maurno (Lakeland); Tori Mazzella (Yorktown); Gerald Rivale (Elmsford); Tatianna Singh (Elmsford); Dean Yorio (Yorktown).