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'Life is what you make of it' is Guilderland's graduation theme

Kelly Hill, who delivered the graduate address, asked her fellow graduates if they knew of William Addis. As she expected, very few students knew who the inventor of the toothbrush was, but they could all identify the item as she held it for all to view from the podium.

She said although Addis himself is not well known, his invention, which he created to make life better for individuals, is very recognizable.

She said it is important that graduates do not go about their life seeking fame or fortune, but to make life better for others.

"They have dedicated themselves to guiding their lives by choice, not chance," said Paolino of the graduates.

He said several of the students were graduating with averages above 85 percent, with many attaining an average of 90 or above.

On stage sat 26 graduates who maintained a 95 or above average for their high school years.

Paolino also noted the remarkable time students spent volunteering.

In order to be recognized for outstanding volunteerism, a student had to complete 200 hours of service. However, Paolino said several students went above and beyond that number with figures ranging from 700 to 1,200 hours spent on service projects during the student's four years of high school.

Economics teacher Lisa Whitman delivered the commencement address, telling students to always pay attention.

The purple-Croc wearing teacher, whom students voted to deliver the speech, said, "Life is what you make of it."

She told the students to listen to others and live in the moment.

"The best way to make friends is to listen to the people around you," she said.

Her last piece of advice for the graduates is to do something they love for work. Whitman said she spent a year of her life miserable on Wall Street before deciding to pursue another field.

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