Calhoun Graduation Hits High Notes

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Marked by a moving and inspirational speech by Principal Nicole Hollings, the 57th commencement of Calhoun High School was as entertaining as it was celebratory on June 26 at NYCB Theater in Westbury.

Hollings said before belting out a few verses of “Unwritten” to emphasize her point that the future is in graduates’ hands.

“You are the future,” Hollings said. “You have the power to put aside hate and intolerance and to instead love, accept and welcome in. You have the power to ask an important question – ‘how can I help?’”
Board trustee Wendy Gargiulo, a Calhoun alumna and parent of a graduate, told students their graduation is a rewarding moment for their parents, teachers and community members.
“It’s a common thread that binds all of these people to your life,” she added.

Valedictorian Kristi Chan encouraged her peers to hold on tightly to the genuine interest that emerged when they were younger.
“I hope that all of us do not lose the very simple reason we chose to pursue our individual journeys in the first place,” she said.