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TICONDEROGA -- This year, graduation at Ticonderoga High School would carry an intimate feel.

An unusually small class was set to walk across the stage on Saturday morning, Principal Michael Graney said Tuesday. A total of 62 students made up the Class of 2010.

"This is the smallest class in about 30 years to graduate," he said.

But the small class isn't indicative of declining enrollment, Graney said, calling it a fluke.

Next year, 80 seniors are set to graduate, and nearly 100 students made up the Class of 2009.

The small class made for an intimate feel, he said, but teachers and staff got to know all the students in much the same way they do every year.

"We're small enough where we see that every year," he said.

The majority of the Class of 2010 will head to four-year colleges after they graduate.

Valedictorian Ben Chapman and Salutatorian Brittany Holt are among that majority, he said. Other students, Graney said, will attend schools such as Smith College in Northampton, Mass., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and Clarkson University in Potsdam with plans to study disciplines such as engineering and criminology. Saturday's ceremony, Graney said, would be much like the class itself: short and sweet.

"We don't bring a guest speaker in," he said, "and we try to keep our ceremony to one hour."


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