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Seniors across the Mohawk Valley receive their High School diplomas

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Friday was a night to celebrate throughout the Mohawk Valley as family and friends congratulated high school graduates from Ilion, Mohawk, New York Mills, Oriskany, Mohawk and Utica.

Proctor High School's commencement ceremony started the night off at 4 pm. at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Almost 600 seniors graduated this year. Valedictorian Timothy Davis will study engineering at Harvard University in the fall. Salutatorian Emily Potter will study biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Ilion graduates gathered in Ilion's High School gymnasium for their commencement ceremony. Class President Ariel Mroz-Brewer, Salutatorian Tressa Burrello and Valedictorian Bobbi Kristina Latray spoke to their class of over 100 graduates.

Over 60 seniors celebrated their graduation in Mohawk. Commencement was held inside the Jarvis High School gymnasium. Emily Hunt was this year's Valedictorian and Mary Gardner was the Salutatorian.

Students at New York Mills donned their blue and orange together one last time. 47 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Class President Rachel Stewert, Salutatorian Michael Sunderlin and Valedictorian Nathan Inkawhich spoke to the class.

In Oriskany seniors enjoyed a graduation ceremony outside. In all 53 received a diploma. Class Valedictorian Steven Rossi said his message to the class was to remember your roots.

"Moving on after high school, it's going to be different, a new adventure out there," said Rossi. "You got to remember where you came from and the 13 years you spent here and take that with you, the important stuff you learned and it will get you through."

NEWSChannel 2 Producer and Oriskany Alum Shaun Kaleta was the key note speaker. Patrick Manna was the class's Salutatorian.

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