The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by members of Churchville-Chili Senior High School bands, signaled the end of high school and the beginning of the future for almost 350 graduates in June 2018 at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gordon Field House.
As the Class of 2018 filed into the auditorium, families, parents and friends did their best to capture the moment in their hearts. It was a long journey from that first day of school, so many years ago.
The class was introduced by Scott Wilson, executive principal. Attendees were welcomed by Lori Orologio, superintendent of Churchville-Chili Central School District. Valedictorian Hannah Sheehan and salutatorian Connor Wooding gave addresses full of hope and inspiration. It was a night of music, with voices and instruments raised in joy and anticipation of life beyond high school.
Senior Jaylah Wilson opened with “That’s What Friends Are For.” The Senior Choir, conducted by Erik Reinhart, performed a version of “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.” Seniors Helena Buttons and Donnie Woodard, accompanied by pianist Karen Marsh, closed the musical program with “Goodbye” from “Catch Me If You Can.”
Wilson presented the class to Cheryl Repass, president of the CCCSD board of education, who accepted them. Each class member crossed the stage to receive their diploma from Repass, joined by Orologio and Wilson.
Formal commencement ceremonies ended with “Coronation March” played band members and conducted by Kevin Mead.