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Ballston Spa's 2008 grads honored

Williams will be pursuing the field of biology and genetics at the University of Rochester.

While members of the district's High School and Middle School Orchestras provided music for the event, the ceremony was punctuated by musical performances by senior groups. The Senior Ensemble, an all-female vocal group, performed "The New World," by Jason Robert Brown, and a four-piece clarinet ensemble called Back in Black played "Time," composed by Ballston Spa alumnus Caryn Freitag.

The subject of passing time was addressed in Salutatorian Katrina Krebs' speech. "Our graduation today is not just composed of our hopes for the future, but with the experiences of the past four years of our lives," said Krebs.

She will be attending Cornell University to study natural sciences in the fall.

It wasn't just students who were moving on from the district, however. Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello will be heading to Voorheesville Central School District next year to serve as their interim superintendent.

Colucciello said that he prepared for his speech by using the popular Internet search engine Google to find "graduation speeches." His search returned 235,000 sites.

Despite finding pieces of advice like "tell them to study hard," or "tell them to respect their peers," the superintendent said he couldn't find a suggestion that the class of 2008 wasn't already following.

As a result, Colucciello decided to keep his message simple: "Congratulations, and best wishes.""

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