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Last day of classes for Ilion High School before merger

By ALLISON NORLIAN

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - When a door closes, another one opens and today, that door closed for Ilion High School students as they left their last day of school for their final time as Ilion Bombers.

July 1 marks the first day both Ilion and Mohawk school districts will combine as one into the Central Valley Academy Thunder.

The merger of Ilion and Mohawk schools next year has been finalized, creating some bitter-sweet feelings among students and faculty.

Ilion school traditions have been questioned by students about whether or not they will stay the same or change next year.

"A bomber sandwich! I don't know what's going to happen to it," said Johnna Bernard. "I guess it's just going to be ham and cheese."

Bernard is talking about Ilion's decade-old delicacy, which could be changed or given a new name after Ilion and Mohawk high schools combine.

Renee Rudd, Ilion High School's Principal and soon to be Central Valley School District Principal, says they need to create one identity from the two districts.

"We already started changes," Rudd said. "We've had several meetings now about how we make it the CVA way and not the Ilion and not the Mohawk way."

She also said Ilion's last day of school was monumental.

"It's a day that will go down in history as the last day at IHS," she said.

Ian Wiernicki, a junior, says he is excited to be part of the first CVA graduating class and that he wants to help the Mohawk students adjust to the old Ilion building.

Students and staff are hopeful the transition into one student body is a smooth one.

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