Oh, the places you'll go

Above: Joe Kessler (left) and Harry Muller, two of Roscoe Central School’s 19 graduates for 2012, moments before their commencement. “It’s unreal,” said Kessler, brandishing a rubber duck with a rubber diploma. Photo by Jason Dole.

Last weekend marked a milestone in the lives of many local students, as schools across the region held commencement ceremonies. Graduation weekend kicked off in Sullivan County last Friday evening at Roscoe Central School.

Roscoe, the first of Sullivan County's schools to hold graduation ceremonies last week, was also the smallest. Nineteen students received their diplomas.

Before that, the grads-to-be gathered in the Superintendent’s office, seeing air-conditioned refuge from the muggy heat elsewhere. They talked and snapped pictures of each other in their blue and white caps and gowns. Valedictorian Samantha Molinari handed out little rubber ducks (themselves in caps and gowns). She explained that the toys honored retiring English teacher Deborah Holland.

The RCS Class of 2012: Michael Christopher Aiello, Dylan Jacob Baker, Courtney Taylor Banks (salutatorian), Evan Christopher Chesney, Jordan Jade DeRosia, Michael John Failla, Andrea Lee Griebel, Jesse Lee Huggins, Joseph Thomas Kessler, Sean Adam Kinney, Crystal Marie Lezama, Calvin Matthew Mangus, Samantha Ann Molinari (valedictorian), Harrison Carl Muller, Kayla Marie Simplson, Jordan Floyd-Thomas Tallman, Cassandra Marie Tutalo.