Ogdensburg Free Academy graduated 106 students during the school’s 2014 commencement ceremony Saturday.
The commencement, held at noon in the Ogdensburg Dome, included speeches by Valedictorian Seth Tebo and salutatorian Nabiha Qudsi. Class President Charlotte Miller also had words of encouragement for her classmates.
The class’s valedictorian praised the quality of education he has received at OFA, pointing to not only the academic courses offered at the school, but the quality of extracurricular activities as well. In particular, he pointed to the OFA marching band, a group he said is the pride of the community.
“One of my favorite programs is our marching band, which is the pride of Ogdensburg and we are very fortunate that we have been able to keep it going,” Mr. Tebo said. “We also were able to take tech classes, which are uncommon in this area, especially our robotics class, which I loved.”
Mr. Tebo said he hoped his fellow students would use the skills they have developed in the Ogdensburg school district over the years to challenge themselves as they enter the next stage of their lives, adult hood.
“All of these changes and opportunities have molded us into the adults you see before you today, and have prepared us for college, the military, or the workforce.”
Salutatorian Nabiha Qudsi took her time at the podium to point out the significant role that family, friends and teachers played in helping her become the person she is today. In particular, she said her family has been an inspiration to her.
“The little things that they do to make our day easier and often go unacknowledged. For this reason I would like to thank parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and any loved one in our lives for everything that they do and for getting us here today,” she said. “We not always show our appreciation and instead act like we do not care and say things we do not mean, but we still love you.”
Class President Charlotte Miller suggested that while thinking about the future is important, graduation day should also be a day to relax, spend time with family and friends and enjoy the accomplishments each student has already made.
“Many of us here today wonder what the heck we are going to do with our lives, but for one day and that day being today, we should all sit back and appreciate the accomplishments everyone here has made,” Miss Miller said. “This is not to say never worry about your future because it is certainly not something that will be handed to you.”