Long Branch: The School of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Leadership graduated 270 students on Friday, June 15. The well planned commencement celebration was outdoors on a bright sunny day at Bresett Stadium with the stands nearly filled with family and friends.
Lead Principal of the school Vincent Muscillo welcomed the assembly and Board of Education speaker Michele Critelli who congratulated the graduating class on their accomplishments, encouraging their continuing success through reaching for goals they set for themselves.
In his message Mayor Adam Schneider recalled the year he graduated. He wanted to go on to college but as told by that school that his grades were not good enough. He said he had taken a lackadaisical approach to education during high school and had to take special classes. He cautioned future students to start right, set goals and work hard to achieve them. He said they can accomplish their goals “If you set your mind to it.”
Valedictorian Ana Velosi thanked her classmates to remember the legacy could be proud of, and to continue to strive for success.
The class members received 112 scholarships from local, county and state contributors, military groups, businesses, community agencies and associations, faith based private donors, many past graduates.
Diplomas were awarded to each by their individual School Principals April Morgan, Kristen Ferrara and Frank Riley with Superintendent Michael Salvatore and school board members congratulating each student.
The warm afternoon was a short sleeves affair, with many cameras busily taking photos during the entire ceremony.