ARGYLE -- If the past is precedent, then the 51 members of the Class of 2010 are each off to brilliant careers. In the words of their kindergarten teacher: These kids were "very bright, well behaved and fun to teach."
According to Superintendent Jan Jehring, in academics, athletics and the arts, the Argyle Central School senior class has achieved an "uncommon level of achievement."
There were eight mentors in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, five natural helpers (a peer support program), some are multilingual, and one supposedly taught classmates a foreign language in kindergarten. Three completed training as firefighters, others showed their art at The Hyde Collection and Fort Edward Historical Society, and senior Sarah Bonhote created the cover art for the graduation program. Seven are in the All County Band, and others competed in a Music in the Park Festival, in Cedar Point, Ohio, taking home first place. Thirty-two percent took part in a varsity sport and 11 have been recognized at least once as scholar athletes. Two of the school's teams were Section 2 Championship teams and one team went on to the regional finals. Seventy-one percent of the class achieved an overall average of 85 percent or above.
They are off to either careers in the military or higher education, with 70 percent going on to two- or four-year colleges, both private and public, both in state and out.
The class also received more awards than any in the school's history.
One recognition went to Alexis McWhorter, for never missing a day of school for 13 years.
The theme for the student speakers, Valedictorian Robert McWhorter and Salutatorian Matthew Stevens (members of the same family), was being oneself, no matter what.
Quoting Dr. Seuss, Stevens said, "‘Be who you are and say what you feel, cause those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.' And if Dr. Seuss said it, it must be true."
He went on to say that one of the comforts of growing up in a small town was that "Every face has a name. But in college, it's your job to tell your story."
Valedictorian McWhorter, headed for the University of Rochester, thanked his parents. grandparents, aunts and uncles, saying of his parents, Laurie and Dean McWhorter, "They have driven me toward my goals and aspirations."
He concluded, "Every single one of us has something great about them. Never forget that."