High School Senior Falcons Fly



The American Celtic Pipe Band led the Deer Park High School Class of 2010 through the opening processional of the district’s annual commencement ceremony.

Principal James Cummings shared his welcome address with the students, teachers, administrators, elected government officials, community and Board of Education members in attendance. Mr. Cummings shared his pride in the graduating class and recounted the years spent, as both their middle school and high school principal, watching them mature and develop into young adults.

Board of Education President Dennis Ryan introduced honored guest United States Congressman Steve Israel, who reminded students that they are valuable members of society and their contributions will continue to impact their community and world. In addition, Congressman Israel stressed the importance of public service and the valuable lessons “giving back” provides.

Valedictorian Thomas DiBenedetto described how the entire Deer Park community had served as a strong, supportive network, which helped students surpass their goals and reach their full potential. Salutatorian Brian Kavanagh spoke about the unity of the class and the educational and social experiences that have shaped them as individuals and as a group. Senior Class President Michael Prescia reflected on the activities and events which both challenged and brought the class together, and thanked the district’s educators for their dedication and commitment to student success.

Commencement speaker and Deer Park Class of 2000 Valedictorian Elaine Kabaservice connected with students through common educational and extracurricular experiences within the district. She encouraged students to become lifelong learners, always striving to discover, explore and improve the world around them. Prior to conferring the diplomas, Superintendent of Schools Eva Demyen used the initials of Deer Park Schools in her motivational message to students, describing the components of Distinction, Pride and Scholarship, all characteristics of a successful, well-rounded person.

Select seniors were recognized and received Memorial Plaque Awards in honor of their service and leadership, while the Principal’s Awards were presented to those who had contributed positively to the overall high school community. The ceremony concluded with the Board of Education’s presentation of diplomas to the Class of 2010.