On Friday, June 23, the 265 members of the Port Chester High School Class of 2017, in their white and blue caps and gowns, marched onto the field to the PCHS Marching Band rendition of Pomp and Circumstance, followed by the National anthem sung by Elizabeth Montemurro.
The students were addressed by Senior Class President Carson Womack, class Salutatorian Anita Karas, and the Valedictorian Emily Loiaconi. They also listened to remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Kliszus and Board of Education President James E. Dreves. This year's keynote address was given by Patricia Rinello.
PCHS Principal Dr. Mitchell Combs spoke about the passage of time and quoted the poems of author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Then in his last message to the Class of 2017, he recited his own poem - in the style of Dr. Seuss:
Port Chester Seniors, you’ve made it this far.
My wishes for you are what they are.
Treasure the memories. The years do move fast.
Before you realize it, they will have past.
Achievements, accomplishments? You’ve earned a slew.
Your PC spirit, it bleeds white and blue.
With a future about to be all bright and new,
There’s no doubt what each one of you can do.
I hope that for you this has been quite a ride,
That we’ve taught you a lot, or least say we’ve tried.
The fact is quite clear. From this you can’t hide.
You graduate today from Port Chester with pride.
In closing, Dr. Combs extended his personal best wishes to all members of the Class of 2017, wishing them a lifetime of success and the best of good fortune in the future before declaring them to be Graduates of Port Chester High School.