East Meadow High School’s Class of 2022 Progressing and Rising
EAST MEADOW, NY — The sun shone on East Meadow High School seniors as they celebrated their graduation on the school’s football field on June 26.
The Class of 2022 marched out onto the field to roaring applause from their families and friends. Joined by the school board and the central and secondary administration, the graduates took their places to begin the opening ceremony.
The event began with a performance of the national anthem by the senior choir. They were joined by a group of students performing the song in American Sign Language. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr. and Board of Education Chairperson Alisa Baroukh addressed the graduates.
“The Class of 2022 epitomized perseverance,” Baroukh said. “You have shown the community and yourselves how strong you are. This strength of character and resilience will serve you well in the next chapter of your life.
Valedictorian Brandon Wanatick, salutatorian Jennifer Chan and class president Alexis Solis then spoke to their classmates in their respective addresses.
“Not every question will have an answer, but the key is to ask,” Chan said. “Question everything and don’t be afraid to make a mistake.”
“We control how we choose to live our lives,” Wanatick said. “However, I hope we will always maintain the values we have established here at East Meadow. No value can be more important than that of goodness and morality.
Principal Richard Howard addressed his senior class before graduation.
“For the Class of 2022, you started the journey and left a tremendous legacy,” Howard said. “I urge you to continue on this path and change the world. You are more than capable, and in fact, it is your responsibility.
After the last student was called, the students celebrated with a cap toss and cheers. The crowd watched proudly as the graduates walked off the field, ready to take on the next chapter in their lives.