Class of 2012 Graduates

The Deer Park educational community came together for the high school’s 49th commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2012. Seniors, teachers and administrators, dressed in maroon and white caps and gowns, were led by members of the American Celtic Pipe Band, while family and friends cheered for the graduates as they processed into the school’s gymnasium.

Student Council President Samantha Effinger began the ceremonies by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by senior Jesse Pimpinella performing a rousing rendition of the national anthem. Senior Class Advisors Alison Branca and Michael Barrigas introduced President Philip Scarfi, who urged his peers to “remember this moment” and all of the thoughts and feelings associated with this monumental time in their lives. Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen then congratulated students on their accomplishments thus far and encouraged them to maintain their adventurous spirit, stimulate innovation, continue to prosper and always move forward.

Valedictorian Kevin Tresselt noted that their diplomas do not come with a roadmap to outline their future, and that this is a time for the class to find their own way, explore different paths and take advantage of opportunities presented to them. Salutatorian Ishrat Ahmed described the journey she and her classmates have taken together and their shared experiences, which have helped them grow into unique individuals.

In Falcon tradition, the guest commencement speaker was Class of 2002 Valedictorian Michael True, who instructed students to create a personal definition of the term “success.” He asked students to think about what success means to them, identify what is important in their lives and work towards that goal, always staying true to themselves.

High School Principal James Cummings concluded the addresses and reminisced about his time serving as principal of this class at both the middle and high schools. He described the growth and maturity of the Class of 2012 throughout the years and the pride he felt for the newest alumni of the Deer Park School District, who will soon enter a new phase in their lives.

Superintendent Demyen performed the conferring of diplomas, after which Board of Education members had the distinct honor of awarding diplomas to the Class of 2012.