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Ripley Central maintains tradition with sixth grade graduation

July 3, 2014
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

RIPLEY - Even though its high school students attend Chautauqua Lake, Ripley Central School District was determined to keep its graduation traditions intact - with the class of 2020.

The district held commencement ceremonies on June 18 for the sixth-grade students who will be attending Chautauqua Lake Central School in the coming year. And while the ages have changed, the ceremonies remained the same, mirroring Ripley's high school graduation ceremonies from previous years.

"We tried to keep it as close to the high school graduation as we could," said Ripley Superintendent and Principal Dr. Lauren Ormsby. "The students are moving on in a very real way, since they will be joining their classmates at Chautauqua Lake next year."

More than 120 people first attended a dinner in the cafeteria followed by commencement program at 7 p.m. Ormsby welcomed parents and family, noting that the students would be facing a big transition. The sixth-grade class chorus then performed an inspiring rendition of Carl Strommen's "Like An Eagle."

Following the presentation of awards by sixth-grade teachers Karen Kondrick and Erika Meredith, Board of Education President Robert Bentley offered encouraging remarks. Diplomas were then awarded by Kondrick and Meredith. All present were then asked to join in the singing of the Alma Mater.

Bentley commented that, while there has been so much positive feedback regarding the combining students from Chautauqua Lake and Ripley schools, it is still important to retain long standing Ripley traditions such as graduation to preserve the district's identity.



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