SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Hundreds of family members, friends and Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow villagers filled the bleachers opposite the Sleepy Hollow High School athletic field to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2014, Thursday June 26.
Student Body President Anna L.Warren led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Sleepy Hollow Band played the National Anthem on a comfortable and warm evening as the red and white clad seniors sat on the grassy field -- girls facing boys.
Class Salutatorian Grace Carr and Valedictorian Katherine Clayton highlighted the evening's program with speeches to their classmates and the school's Concert Choir sang "Lean On Me" between the two speeches.
"We have come to understand how great it feels when hard work pays off, those times when all the hours spent are finally worth it." Clayton said. "Perhaps most importantly of all, we have learned that the knowledge, creativity and drive that we naturally have can be put to use in so many ways. Sure, the future is bright and Sleepy Hollow has prepared us well."
Carr spoke about finding one's own meaning of success in the world that follows high school.
"We need to stop letting society's standard be the defining factor in determining our individual success," Carr said. "Success is personal, individualized and no one has the right to say that weren't or aren't successful. Because if you achieve thr goals you set for yourself, you are successful."
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