Nassau Superintendents Celebrate Class of 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

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The top two students of the Class of 2018 at each high school in Nassau County were honored at the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents’ annual Celebrating Excellence and The Legacy of Dr. James Tolle Breakfast, held at Crest Hollow Country Club on June 1. Valedictorians and salutatorians were honored for their exceptional success and accolades throughout their high school careers. 

The ceremony was emceed by Class of 2018 Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee Co-Chairperson and East Rockaway Union Free School District Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz and featured a motivational speech delivered by keynote speaker Elizabeth Hashagen, News 12 anchor. Hashagen spoke about her experiences in broadcast journalism, and about the importance of persistence and using setbacks as a driving force to achieve a dream.

“Sometimes, you have to design your own path, and not be disappointed if that path is littered with a lot of rejection letters,” Hashagen said. “Because all those rejection letters will make you strong enough to handle all the things that life is going to throw at you. You have planted a seed of your future — that’s why you’re here. You are smart, you are strong, you are determined, and that’s why you are at the top of your classes. It isn’t a ‘yes’ world, but just remember, when the world tells you ‘no,’ it’s the universe really pushing you to become who you are meant to be.”

Each high school’s valedictorian and salutatorian was presented with a plaque while the college they plan to attend was announced during their walk up to the stage following Hashagen’s remarks. The program also featured the national anthem performed by the Massapequa High School A Cappella Choir and opening remarks by NCCSS President and Carle Place Union Free School District Superintendent of Schools David Flatley.

The memorable event was designed to celebrate the excellence of the brightest seniors throughout Nassau County’s high schools. 

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