It’s graduation time.
High school students in the Class of 2021 have been through a lot: remote learning; being required to wear masks; shortening or cancelling sports seasons, musicals and concerts; and a whole lot of uncertainty. They have had to distance themselves from their friends and teachers for months.
Even through all that, they’ve done what’s required to make it through to the end of the school year.
To celebrate the Class of 2021, we are publishing lists of the graduates from more than 60 schools across Central New York.
We will report who is the valedictorian and salutatorian (or in some cases alternates) and give them a chance to share some thoughts about school, the pandemic, family and life. This school’s valedictorian and salutatorian are below the list of graduates.
The Post-Standard will publish a keepsake high school graduation section on Sunday, June 28. If you wish, you can place a congratulations ad for a graduate you’d like to honor in the section. The section will include lists of 2021 graduates from Onondaga County schools, Q&As with each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian, and more. Businesses also have the opportunity to advertise in the graduation section. You can reach us at this email and we will get back to you.
Candidates for Graduation
2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Baldwinsville Christian Academy
Name: Melody Losier
Parents: Greg and Carol Losier
My plans for the next few years: Attend Cayuga Community College.
My career plans: I hope to pursue my career after college as an occupational therapy assistant.
The highlight of my senior year: My senior trip to Virginia Beach
The person who inspired me the most: My sisters. I know I can always go to them if I ever need anything, and they have always been big supporters in my life.
What I do to unwind or relax: I enjoy playing soccer, swimming in lakes, painting, and spending time around animals.
The word or phrase best that best describes my personality: Bubbly
My advice to our graduating class: Try to look at the positive side of things. Always bring your worries and doubts to God first.
The best part about social distancing: Having more time to relax and take breaks. Also, doing remote classes from my bed was a definite positive.
The biggest impact of the pandemic on my senior year: Sports were limited due to travel restrictions and limited numbers.
The one thing I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I would love to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I want people to find the hope and comfort that I have found in Christ.
Other thoughts: I am thankful to have finished high school, and I am looking forward to the next stage of my life.
Baldwinsville Christian Academy
Name: Lily Haines
Parents: Cindy and Jamie Haines
My plans for the next few years: Attend college.
My career plans: Obtain a business degree.
The highlight of my senior year: The close relationships I made with everyone in school.
The person who inspired me the most: My mom: She always inspires me with her endless positivity and selflessness.
What I do to unwind or relax: I love to hike and draw.
The word or phrase best that best describes my personality: Curious
My advice to our graduating class: Aim for your goals – you’re all intelligent and wise and can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.
The best part about social distancing: Occasionally having more time spent at home.
The biggest impact of the pandemic on my senior year: Not being able to attend our usual school-wide activities.
The one thing I hope to accomplish in my lifetime: I hope to have peace and joy no matter my circumstances in life.
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