Here’s to the Rye Neck High School Class of 2014

All day June 26, rain threatened, but the spirits of the Rye Neck High School graduating seniors never dampened for the 119th Commencement.

Published July 17, 2014 5:00 AM
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ryeneck-thAll day June 26, rain threatened, but the spirits of the Rye Neck High School graduating seniors never dampened for the 119th Commencement.

 

ryeneck-openerAll day June 26, rain threatened, but the spirits of the Rye Neck High School graduating seniors never dampened for the 119th Commencement. As it happened, the sun shone on graduates, who marched onto the football field to the school band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” The field and bleachers were filled with families, faculty, and friends.

After Principal Barbara Ferraro welcomed everyone, Superintendent Peter Mustich encouraged the class to demonstrate kindness above all throughout their lives. Salutatorian Madeline Wong roused school pride when she extolled her class’ diversity and the “unbreakable bond that has been forged from childhood.”

The class also holds the distinction of having the largest group inducted into the National Honor Society.

 

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This year, Rye Neck initiated an inspiring keynote speaker theme, “Ten Years After,” featuring an alumnus. Matt Manocherian of the Class of 2004 shared his personal journey, including the challenges he overcame as a “scrawny kid” on the football field. Hard work and passion served him well then, as well as at Duke University, and throughout his career in the world of athletics.

“As you spread your wings, take Rye Neck with you and continue to use this community as a resource,” he said. “Work hard, have fun, control the controllable.”

Rye Neck Teachers’ Association Vice President Nora Hanson presented the Maureen Sullivan Scholarship in memory of its namesake, a beloved librarian and teacher. The award was bestowed upon senior Michael Bianco for his motivation, enthusiasm for learning, service, and leadership.

Before the presentation of the diplomas, Valedictorian Fei McMahon left her peers with morale-boosting advice. “We all have the power to create something great and, now, it is our time to do it. If the going gets tough, redouble your efforts. Look back at all you have accomplished and do not forget who you are,” she implored. Quoting novelist Zadie Smith, she added, “You are from Rye Neck, and remember, as you envision the future, ‘The past is always tense, the future perfect.’”

 

— Janice Llanes Fabry

 

 

Class of 2014
Ashley Abbatantono
Lorilynn Acompora
Daniela Aguilar
Briana Andreoli
Ryan Aquino
Tiffany Aznar
Jacob Barach
Alyssa Barchetta
Bryana Barreto
Brandon Bell
Charles Bermingham
Michael Bianco
Samantha Bradley
Nicolas Cabrera
Jakob Calvini
Astrid Carballo
Christopher Cascione
Donald Caster
Nicholas Colantonio
Hernan Cortes
Sophie Cozine
Pedro M. Cueto
Jeffrey Daugherty
Samantha Davis
Maxwell Denenberg
Andrew Deshensky
Lauren Enes
Samantha Espada
Luis Ferreira
Marysol Finkenberg
Matthew Franks
Matthew Garcia
Tiara Garcia
Matthew Gisin
Sara Glattstein
Carla Gonzalez
Javier Gonzalez
Hannah Greenberg
Joshua Greenberg
Annabel Gutterman
Shelby Hackenburg
Leah Haviland
Lian Joerss
Jordan Julian
Taylor Jung
Oaklea Kearney
Lauren Kim
Daniel King
Nikkilee Kozminsky
Amanda Leira
Amanda Lovallo
Charles Luzio
John Lynch
Gordon MacKenzie
Elizabeth Maffei
Craig Maggio
John Mansor
Stephen Martino
Fei McMahon
Sara Melgarejo
Jack Meyers
Melanie Moore
Ryan Morningstar
Sylvia Moya
Luke Murphy
Sameer Naeem
Sarah O’Brien
Shotaro Oikawa
Christopher Pennell
Fatima Pérez
Luke Petrillo
Sam Piliero
Jessica Pineda
Thomas Pipolo
Jake Puccella
Nancy Rangel
Scott Reca
Hannah Redding
Gabriela Rios
Andrea Rodriguez
Mark Rosenzweig
Elena Ruigomez
Kaitlyn Scott
Joshua Segovia
Luis Servin
Mallory Shaner
Cameron Shaw
Aimee Sheldon
Angelo Spedafino
Tyler Spinelli
Cynthia Stetson
Everest Strayer
Jelis Temali
Carl Tempesta
Nino Tripicchio
Thomas Tripodi
Hanna Uhlfelder
Samantha Veltri
Nicole Violi
Zachary Vollenweider
Rachel Williams
Madeline Wong
Anthony Zhadanov

 

 


 

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