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WHITEHALL -- Jody Breault said she felt a little old as she spoke to the Whitehall Central School District graduates Friday evening.

Breault, a 1992 graduate of the school, noted that many of the seniors sitting on stage were born the year she graduated from Whitehall High School.

"My, how the time has flown by," said Breault, who gave the commencement address to the graduates.

Breault, whose nephew graduated Friday evening, encouraged the graduates to make good choices in life, give back to their communities and enjoy the scenery along the way.

"It is about the journey as much as the destination," she said to the 62 graduates, who were donned in the school colors of maroon and white.

High School Principal Kelly McHugh called the class members "amazing young adults," and also encouraged them to give back to their communities.

Before the ceremony, McHugh noted the rarity in having as many as six sets of sibling graduating in the same class. The group included two brothers, a brother and sister, two sisters, two sets of step-siblings and a set of twin sisters.

"I've never seen so many siblings in one graduating class," McHugh said.

Valedictorian Rosa Albert choked back tears as she thanked her classmates, who she called an "extraordinary group of people."

"Thank you for all the moments we've shared," she said, "whether they be proud - finally winning first place for our homecoming float - not so proud - prom - or fun - jumping into the pool during the senior barbecue without permission and not getting in trouble for it."

Salutatorian Victoria Diekel personally thanked members of her family and thanked the community of Whitehall for supporting the Class of 2010.

"Whitehall may be a small town," she said, "but we can accomplish big things."

Diekel quoted Walt Disney who said, "All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."

"With courage to pursue your dreams," Diekel said, "your life will carry endless possibilities."

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