main content starts hereClass of 2019 names student graduation speakers

| April 11, 2019
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From l to r: Susan Whitaker, Erin Breslin, Raven Gonzalez, Sophie Mathis, Samantha Dollar, Anna Sherman, Steve LaPointe, Rich Becker.

Senior Sophie Mathis will deliver the keynote address to members of the Class of 2019, after winning Mohonasen High School’s 29th annual Graduation Speaker Contest.

She was one of four students who competed on Thursday, April 11 for the chance to address their classmates at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 29 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.

Raven Gonzalez and Anna Sherman will deliver the opening and closing remarks at this year’s ceremony. Samantha Dollar will speak at the Senior Breakfast on June 28.

The four seniors took turns delivering their remarks in front of an audience of students, staff and four judges representing the Capital Region business community.

The judges included University at Albany’s Rich Becker, Erin Breslin of the Capital District YMCA, CBS 6’s Steve LaPointe, and Susan Whitaker, formerly of miSci.

“This was a distinguished group of speakers this year who made the judges’ decisions very difficult,” said teacher Tara Halliday, who has coordinated the contest for the last 15 years. “Congratulations to all who participated!”