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Mamaroneck High School Celebrates Class of 2011

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The last four years may have dragged for most high school seniors, but on Wednesday the graduating class of 2011 had to move quickly to beat the rain on their final day as Mamaroneck High School students.

After the seniors took their seats on the baseball field a little after 6 p.m., Principal John A. Goetz announced a change in the schedule. In order to beat the potential rain fall, he pushed up all of the student's speeches in the program, including valedictorian Allisa Slater.

Faculty scheduled to address the graduating seniors held off on their speeches until after the presentation of the diplomas. The speakers included english teacher Darren Bosch, president of the Teachers Association Ann Borsellino and president of the Board of Education Richard Marsico.

The salutatorian Grace Phillips took the stage first and told her classmates how she wouldn't open with a joke due to her bad comedic timing, which received a hearty laugh. Shortly after, Liza Strauss, who presented the dedication to the class of 2011, went the opposite way, beginning with a joke. Unfortunately for Senior Class Council president Ryan McNally, nearly the entire graduating class booed him before he could even say a word.

"I don't know why I always get booed when I do this," said McNally, who presented the class gift of Adirondack chairs.

The Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department was also in attendance, and when the 2nd assistant fire chief, Craig Casterella's son received his diploma, a fireman sitting in Engine 42 in front of the baseball field entrance sounded the emergency sirens and honked the horn to celebrate.

This year, 89 of the 378 graduating seniors were members of the National Honor Society.

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