It was a bittersweet day as 226 graduates from Lynbrook High School gathered on the field at Marion Street Elementary School to close out a chapter of their lives.
Surrounded by proud peers, family, friends, faculty, board members and administrators, the Class of 2022 bid farewell to the high school during their commencement ceremony on June 24.
The ceremony began with a performance of the National Anthem by the Lynbrook High School Concert Band with vocals by Jaden Harvin. Salutatorian Rachel Edelstein then addressed her class with “The Story of Our Lives,” in which she reflected on the adversities they have overcome.
“We are each other’s supporting characters, who have navigated every plot twist together – and we had quite a few challenging ones over the last couple of years,” she said. “We peer at blank pages that are filled with promise, and we are empowered to choose whom we fill those pages with. Make sure that you fill them with people who support you.”
In her valedictory address, Emma Ward thanked those who have supported her throughout her high school career in “Number One Fan.”
“There are so many moments from our high school journey that we will remember,” she said. “But more than the moments, it’s the people who will remain with us.”
Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis listed off the many accolades and accomplishments of the Class of 2022 before sharing words of advice.
“It’s important to observe situations and learn as much as you can before forming an opinion,” he said. “Don’t be quick to express an opinion – reserve judgement. As more information comes to light, your thinking will likely change.”
Before Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak addressed the class, Mr. Rainis, who is retiring, donned a cap and gown and joined the graduates. Dr. Burak reminded graduates that “there will always be challenges” by quoting the song “I Lived” by OneRepublic, which was recently performed by the school’s concert choir.
“Throughout your life, you will be offered many opportunities to try something new – did you take them?” she asked. “Please don’t be afraid or fear failure. We all fail. It is only through failure that we learn to become better.”
Each graduate was announced by Mr. Rainis as they were handed their diplomas by the Board of Education and thunderous cheers from loved ones rang out from the stands. Mr. Rainis asked Lynbrook High School alumni in the audience to stand and to join their fellow alumni on the field.
Date Added: 6/28/2022