Yonkers Middle High School Celebrates The Class Of 2014

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Pamely Gomez, Kristella Morina and Jacqueline Firsty graduated from Yonkers Middle High School on June 25.
Pamely Gomez, Kristella Morina and Jacqueline Firsty graduated from Yonkers Middle High School on June 25. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Graduates smile up at their families.
Graduates smile up at their families. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Male students line up to receive their diplomas.
Male students line up to receive their diplomas. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Male students line up to receive their diplomas.
Male students line up to receive their diplomas. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Valedictorian Arvi Gjoka gives his speech.
Valedictorian Arvi Gjoka gives his speech. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Salutatorian Serosh Naeem gives her speech.
Salutatorian Serosh Naeem gives her speech. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin
Eager parents photograph their children.
Eager parents photograph their children. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

YONKERS, N.Y. -- About 268 young men and women are now proud graduates of Yonkers Middle High School.

Clad in white, blue and orange, the students processed into the ceremony, which was held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Wednesday, June 25. 

Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Michael Yazurlo gave the commencement address, stressing the importance of cooperation and unity throughout your school years and the life that follows.

The graduates are heading to many colleges across the country, including Yale, Cornell, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, Drexel and New York University. 

Valedictorian Arvi Gjoka, who will be heading to New York University in the fall, gave his speech, which stressed the importance of hard work and perseverance.

Salutatorian Serosh Naeem's speech focused more on the bonds shared outside the classroom.

"Look around you. These are the people who accepted you," she said. "This is a place where I felt safe. When I look back on my time here, I won't remember class. I'll remember laying awake waiting to text people at midnight on their birthday."

Nader Sayegh, president of the Board of Education and member of Yonkers Middle High School Class of 1970, accepted the graduating class and discussed the continuing success of the high school, which was ranked the 214th most talented in the nation by the Washington Post. 

Board Trustee Lydia Perez capped off the ceremony by saying congratulations in every language represented by the class, including English, Spanish, Korean, Haitian, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Afrikaans and Russian. 

Daily Voice congratulates the Class of 2014 on all of their accomplishments. Check back on our sites for more graduation coverage across Westchester County.

@suzannesamin

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