(“Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar) (audience applauding) (audience cheering) – [Audience Member] Jocelyn baby! (audience cheering)
(audience applause) – I would like to thank you all so much for coming out tonight to honor our esteemed group of young men and women. Before we begin our program tonight, I would like to welcome not only our parents, family, and friends of our graduates, but introduce myself and our district representatives and leaders that are seated
with me on the stage. First, I’m Tracey Sorrentino, principal here at the high school. Joining us tonight, we have
superintendent of schools Mr. Richard Del Moro.
(audience applause) Assistant superintendent,
Mrs. Amy Creeden. (audience applause) Board of Education
President, Mr. John Perrino. (audience applause) Board members Mr. John Lacenere, (audience applause)
Mr. Vincent Crescenzo. (audience applause) Board Vice President Pastor John Williams. (audience applause) Instructional leaders of
humanities, Mr. William Donohue. (audience applause) Student support services,
Mrs. Lauren Durr. (audience applause) Our deans, house one, Ms. Acevedo. (light audience applause) House two, Mr. Omar Perez.
(audience applause) House three, Mr. Whitaker.
(audience applause) House four, Mrs. Marcolina.
(audience applause) The dean of student support services, always eager to introduce
himself, Mr. Anthony Williams. (audience applause) Our instructional leader
of special education, Ms. Rachel Coonce.
(audience applause) Our director of ENL
Bilingual, Ms. Linda Bradt. (audience applause) Our director of special
education, Ms. Karen Marconi. (audience applause) Our coordinator of literacy,
Mrs. Elizabeth Boller. (audience applause) And our coordinator of
mathematics, Mrs. Catherine Whaley. (audience applause) And Ms. Sorrentino got
’em all, life is good. At this time, it gives me
great pleasure and pride to introduce our ROTC. They have been a very
busy group this year, and they will be presenting the colors. (light audience applause) – [ROTC Leader] Forward, march. (marching footsteps) Left face. Order arms. Ready, front. Carry arms. – [Tracey] And now we
have Ms. Krislin Masa, MHS senior, singing. – [ROTC Leader] Present arms. Ready, code. – [Tracey] Our national anthem. ♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh say does that star
spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (uproarious audience applause) – [ROTC Leader] Left face, march, hut. Forward, march. – Thank you very much to our cadets for an outstanding job,
and Ms. Maza as well. (audience applause) At this time I’d like to introduce and welcome to the podium Mr. John Perrino for the Board of Education
address to the graduates. – Thank you Mrs. Sorrentino. It was a beautiful rendition
of the national anthem, was it not, it was just great. (loud audience applause) Now our NJROTC unit does a fantastic job. We have about 150 students in that unit, and last year they did over
5,000 hours of community service for the town and the city, and various organizations in town. First of all, I’d like to
congratulate the class of 2019. Congratulations, you’ve
made it, you’ve done it. (sustained audience applause) Middie pride at its best. You know, those of you,
and I hope all of you get additional training
of one type of another, you’ll always remember the
days at Middletown High School. I know I did, I graduated from MHS. Not this building, the building
that is now Twin Towers. Always remember the friends you’ve made and the teachers at
Middletown High School. You know, in thinking of what
I was going to say tonight, you’re going to have
to help me out a little because my bosses are here,
including Mr. Del Moro. If I don’t do a halfway decent job he’s going to write me a note tomorrow and say you did a terrible job, and then he’ll sign it Dr.
Del Moro, with respect. Con respecto, that’s what he does. You gotta watch out when he
says with respect at the end. But you know, you’re a
perfect example, class, of the saying you gotta believe. That was made famous, if there’s any Met fans in the audience who go way, way back like I do. 1973, Tug McGraw said this. The Mets were in last place,
he brought them to first place and they competed in the World Series. And you know, we all believe in you. Members of the Board of
Education here tonight, the administration, your
teachers are here tonight, you’re part of the family. So, let’s look at this for a second. Truth is, your parents and
relatives believed in you, they believed you could do it. They encouraged you, they helped you. Sometimes they got on your case, correct? If you weren’t doin’ the right thing. You know, we were responsible
for four children. Last week Robert Remeda,
the youngest, said to me, you know, I didn’t believe
what you were saying when I was younger, when I was 17 or 18. But he said to me you learned a lot. I said I learned a lot? You learned a lot in that time. He’s doing very well, an attorney. He and his wife are attorneys in Goshen, he’s also the prosecuting
attorney for Warwick and Monroe, so I get just one hint. He’d be a little mean,
so don’t get a ticket if you’re drivin’ around
Monroe or Warwick, believe me. But anyway, come on, let’s
give your parents and relatives a big hand, they played a
big part in this, come on. (audience cheering)
(audience applause) Teachers and administrators, I have to say we have one of the finest teaching and administrative staffs
ever in this district. And they believed in you, they helped you. They helped you get through, they provided extra help when necessary. Sometimes they’re
underappreciated, but not tonight, so let’s give them a big hand, come on. (audience applause) You know but most of all really,
you believed in yourselves. You’re the ones that did the work, you’re the ones that attended classes. You participated in
extracurricular activities, you got through, you did it, you made it. So come on, give yourselves a hand now. (audience applause) So what is next, that’s
the question, what’s next? I encourage you to dream big. Get more training, get
additional training. Now I know you’ve done the work now, and you say gee, I don’t
wanna go to college, I don’t wanna do this, or that. But please, consider that, consider. If you don’t wanna go
to traditional college, technical schools are fine. You can earn a good buck by
going to technical schools. Not always easy. One of the greatest heavyweights
of all time, Muhammad Ali, said I hated every minute of training. But I said don’t quit. Suffer now and the rest of your lives I can live like a champion. So good thinking for Muhammad Ali. You know, just to use a personal example. You think I like doin’ all the papers, and going to classes, and the
assignments, and the readings? I didn’t like that either. But sometimes, you know, you have to be uncomfortable
in the short run to be comfortable in the long run. So again, I encourage you
to get additional training. Now look, I don’t want you
ever to be discouraged. Because when you go through life, there’s going to be a few, and
I hope not, but I had them. There’s gonna be a few little
potholes along the way. Example, I’m gonna give you some examples, and I’ve said this before. Middletown High School, I
wanted to play varsity football in the worst way, I wanted to earn my M. I don’t know if that’s
still popular today, we had M sweaters at the time. And if you asked a young
lady out on a date, they said do you have an M sweater? So that was kind of important. And today it’s asked what
is your credit score? (light audience laughter) But then it was the M sweater. So I didn’t make the team
but I helped Mr. Faller, Faller Field in the equipment area, helping to give equipment out, helping to clean up and so
on, that’s what I had to do. I’ll often tell this story,
when I went in the military I wanted to be a combat pilot. My two cousins were combat pilots. Didn’t have quite the vision necessary, so I had to choose another
field in the military. But I said I’m not gonna give up, so I didn’t give up on that. So that’s examples, so
don’t get discouraged. Today, after almost 40 years
in the field of education, I enjoy sometimes trading stock. Sometimes I lose, sometimes
the stock goes down, but I don’t give up. People like to buy high and
sell low, that’s a mistake. You gotta buy higher and hope it goes even higher, the stocks. So you can’t get discouraged,
anything you can do. More recently, NBA legend Michael Jordan, worth an estimated 1.2 billion dollars, principle owner of the
Charlotte Hornets said, here’s his quote: I missed
more than 9,000 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted to take the
winning shot, and I missed. I failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed. So, just because Michael
Jordan, he said look, I didn’t do everything
right, but I succeeded. You can succeed too,
every single one of you can achieve greatness
in one way or the other. Now I’m gonna conclude by saying this. First of all, we wish ya the
very best, that’s for sure. I’m going to read a quote. It’s not about being perfect,
it’s about heart and effort. Bringing heart and effort every single day is how transformation happens. That’s how change
incurs, heart and effort. Be proud of what you’ve achieved. You are crushing it, Middie pride! Thank you.
(sustained audience applause) – [Tracey] Thank you
very much Mr. Perrino. At this time I would proudly
ask Mr. Richard Del Moro to come to the podium for
the superintendent’s address. (light audience applause) – Thank you Mrs. Sorrentino. It’s interesting how our board president mentioned about a team championship before most of you, probably
all of you were born, before they experienced
their championship. And for those New York Yankee fans, I’m sure we didn’t have to
wait that long to celebrate. And it’s interesting how he mentioned that he didn’t have the M
sweater to get the dates, but if you look back at the 1900 year book when he graduated. (light audience laughter) You know, Matthew Brady
was the photographer, and for those who are social study buffs know that he started
takin’ the photographs in the Civil War time,
has photographs of him dancin’ on the dance floor, so it’s interesting how he mentions that. But tonight is a special
night for all of you. Perhaps no one has mentioned so far that almost all of the graduates here that will be conferred in a moment or two are early graduates.
(sustained audience applause) What does that mean? I’m sure they were late to class. Never late to the dinner table, but early in the sense
that if they followed the normal course of study they will be graduating this June of ’19. So they’re early graduates
by a whole semester. So we have to really think
about each one of your efforts, how fantastic phenomena it
is in where you are today, so we wanna thank you. There’s also an individual here that. (audience applause)
(audience cheering) There’s also an individual here that we have to recognize
for his persistence, as he continued his efforts
to get his graduation diploma, which means so much today, as we all know as adults
how important it is, as Mr. Perrino mentioned in the long run, to have that certificate, and
I want to thank that person for their persistence.
(audience applause) So congratulations to all of you, you really deserve the success you’re celebrating this evening. Every graduate here tonight
has worked very hard and to make the best of themselves. You have demonstrated
perseverance, as I mentioned, persistence, working toward
your goals in a determined way. Let’s take you back four years when you began your
ninth grade experience. Many of you walked through these halls with some trepidation, coupled
with a sense of wonder. What will it be like as
I move to this last step in the school district? During your years at
Middletown High School we have thrown many challenges at you. We pushed you, we taught you, and we provided you with
the success strategies to be successful in anything you can achieve to do by your desire. And now you’ve arrived at graduation, prepared to meet the next challenges. Whether you are continuing your education in a formal manner, entering the military or entering the workplace. Let me thank all of the
teachers, administrators and staff along this long journey, from kindergarten to 12th grade, for their dedication to
assist you as their students. They have dedicated many hours
beyond their normal work day to provide the extra time they
can give you, to each of you. What a group of professionals,
let’s give it up. (sustained audience applause) I would be remiss if I didn’t
thank all of the parents, and families, and friends, and
support for these graduates. You have given so much of your time to be instrumental in their success. To celebrate with them
their graduation evening. We have welcomed and
valued your contribution, so on behalf of everyone
in the school district we thank you.
(sustained audience applause) Tonight, graduates, at
your graduation ceremony you rightly receive the
accolades that we bestow on you. You can proudly be considered a Middletown High School graduate among the many who have come before you. Some even sit here this evening. Take a moment to fully
appreciate your accomplishment, and really feel how great that is. Enjoy this moment, be
safe and have some fun before you begin your next challenges. Although unknown, the
future is an amazing place. Full of life’s challenges and successes. However, your success is not guaranteed because you have a high school diploma, not by any stretch of the imagination. We live in a fast-paced
world in which your successes will be measured by your
unrelenting willingness to work hard, take risks, and always, always believe in yourself.
(generous audience applause) Yes, we truly believe
you can achieve anything you put your mind to it. Follow your passion. Your commitment will be equal
to your accomplishments. I am confident your growth
will continue beyond tonight, and you will meet the challenges that will undoubtedly confront you. The future is your hands, so
you must be true to yourself and take and make the most of it. I could go on, I get teased so often. Not accurately but, but this
evening is for celebrating, not for listening to lengthy speeches. Therefore, let me on behalf of everyone in the school district
wish you all the happiness, success and the best in the future. Thank you tonight for everything
that you have contributed to be part of this
successful school district. Congratulations.
(sustained audience applause) Thank you. I think I stay here now, alright. We gotta confer, this
is an important part. Mrs. Creeden, have every
one of these individuals, sitting here with their cap and gown, meet all the requirements for graduation and to receive a Middletown
High School diploma? – Yes Mr. Del Moro, all of the graduates that are sitting before us this evening. (sustained audience cheers)
(audience applause) Have met all of the requirements set forth by the New York State
Education Department, and the Board of Education of the enlarged city school district of Middletown. We can begin the
distribution of the diplomas. (audience cheering)
– Thank you. – [Tracey] Yes, yes. Well, my kids, it is now your time. I would like to welcome our counselors, our instructional leaders
and admins to the podium, as it is time to begin to
distribute the diplomas. It’s all you buddy. – [Female Presenter] For house
one we have William Callas. (sustained audience cheers)
(audience applause) Brenda Castillo.
(audience applause) Xavier Daughton.
(loud audience cheering) And Leah Diaz.
(sustained audience cheering) – [Audience Member] Go Leah! – Good evening, from house two we have Caira Ellen Maria Enkler. (sustained audience cheering) – [Audience Member] I love you! – Jazzlyn Inez Gray.
(loud audience applause) – Go Jazzy, I love you!
– You go baby! (light audience applause) – Last for house two, Ayanna Green. (loud audience cheering) – Woo!
– Get it Green! (audience cheers)
(audience applause) – Yo yo!
– Woo! – Jaleah Ray Murphy.
(audience applause) – Jaleah!
– Woo! – [Audience Member] Let’s go baby! – [Audience Member] Jaleah! (light audience applause) – Eintz Thomas Mirville.
(light audience applause) – Elias A. Ortiz.
(sustained audience applause) – [Audience Member] Go get it! – Natividad Ortiz Carrasquillo. (sustained audience applause) (audience cheering) – Good job there! – Kiara Janit Ramos.
– Yeah baby! Get it baby!
(audience applause) – [Audience Member] Stand on up! – Jocelyn M. Reyes.
(sustained audience applause) – Yeah bombay, woo!
– Woohoo! – Kianna Richards.
(light audience applause) – That’s our player.
– That’s our kid! – Good evening, from house four we have Dylan Alexa Rodriguez. (loud audience cheers)
(audience applause) – [Audience Member] She’s so beautiful! That’s my girlfriend!
– That’s my girlfriend! (light laughter) – Edgar Rodriguez Torres.
(loud audience cheering) Edwin Rodriguez Torres.
(audience applause) (gentle audience laughter) And Kaylyn Tatiana Smith.
– Go Kaylyn, Kaylyn! (sustained audience cheers)
(audience applause) – [Audience Member] Yeah babe! – And from house four we
also have Joshua Ware. (sustained audience applause) – [Audience Member] You’re great Joshua! – [Audience Member] Go
ahead, since you’re bad now. – Jazmyn D. Warren.
(sustained audience applause) – [Audience Member] Congratulations. – [Tracey] I’d like to welcome
Mrs. Durr to the microphone. – Good evening, I’d just
like to take this opportunity to recognize some of our graduates who unfortunately were not
able to be with us tonight, as it is a momentous occasion. First we have Amy Rose Savinon. (audience applause) Aiyana C. Torres.
(audience applause) And Jordan A. Veras.
(audience applause) – At this time I’d like
to invite Mrs. Creeden to the podium.
(light audience applause) – So to the members of
the graduating class: always remember to do what
you love, love what you do, and remember that your
potential is far greater than you ever know. Congratulations and good luck. At this time, graduates, I’m going to ask that you please rise and pivot to face your proud families and friends. – I love you!
– I love you! (sustained audience cheers)
(loud audience applause) – [Amy] Okay, there’s one
more thing we need to do. At this time I invite all graduates to move your tassels to the left as we applaud your outstanding
effort, congratulations! (sustained audience applause) – The audience is proud!
– Yeah babe! – Ladies and gentlemen, congratulations to the winter graduates of 2019! (sustained audience cheers)
(loud audience applause) Graduates, please join your families and meet us in the lobby for refreshments. Thank you all so much for coming. (audience cheers and applause) (“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang) ♪ Woohoo ♪ – [Audience Member] I can’t believe it! – [Male Graduate] I love you too. – I’m so proud of you, come here. ♪ Celebration ♪ – Hi, thank you!
♪ Celebrate good times come on ♪ ♪ Celebrate ♪ – Happy graduation! ♪ Celebrate good times, come on ♪ (light laughter) ♪ There’s a party goin’ on right here ♪ ♪ A celebration to last
throughout the years ♪ ♪ So bring your good times
and your laughter too ♪ ♪ We gonna celebrate your
party with you, come on now ♪ ♪ Celebration ♪ ♪ Let’s all celebrate
and have a good time ♪ ♪ Celebration ♪ ♪ We gonna celebrate
and have a good time ♪ ♪ It’s time to come together ♪ ♪ It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure ♪ ♪ Everyone around the world, come on ♪ ♪ Woo ♪