The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association continued its long-standing tradition of recognizing the highest-achieving graduates in Suffolk County. The 27th Annual Celebration of the Class of 2021 valedictorians was presented as a virtual event. School superintendents, valedictorians and their parents gathered in small groups, within their own school districts, to view the event and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of this year’s valedictorians.
This year’s keynote speaker was Jon Gordon, well-known author of several books including “The Energy Bus” and “The Power of Positive Leadership.” He spoke to the valedictorians about the benefits of positive leadership and the true meaning of encouraging others to succeed.
“You have the power to transform the world,” Mr. Gordon said. “You decide your future. Be a positive leader and impact the people around you. Remember, the best is yet to come.”
This year, on behalf of the SCSSA, Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent of Schools Mr. Gerard Poole presented valedictorian Owen Beran and valedictorian Mika Misawa each with a commemorative program, congratulatory video, a certificate of achievement, and two books “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss and “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. The program and video, which was created especially for the Class of 2021, featured information about each valedictorian’s school district, their formal senior yearbook photo, their college of choice and anticipated major.