Fort Plain grads receive advice from speakers, themselves

FORT PLAIN – During the 119th annual commencement of the Fort Plain Central School District, the graduating class was reminded that some of the best life lessons are learned in kindergarten.

“Share everything, play fairly, put things back where you found them, clean up your messes, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody… and warm cookies and cold milk are good for you,” are some of the lessons Superintendent Douglas Burton recited to the 50 graduating students at the Harry Hoag Elementary School on Saturday.

Salutatorian Kasey Mang reminded her classmates in her speech that it’s okay to make mistakes and to always learn from them. Mang plans to attend Morrisville College.

During the graduation ceremony, Myrna Herb, president of the Fort Plain Scholar Association, presented more than $120,000 to graduating students in scholarships and awards.

Valedictorian Christian Arndt plans to attend Harvard in the fall. Arndt spoke at the graduation and quoted the movie character Ferris Bueller, reminding the audience and students that “life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

In her speech, Principal Deborah Larrabee said she had asked the seniors earlier in the school year what they thought was the best advice for graduates. She collected their answers and composed a top 10 list, which she shared from the stage. The number one piece of advice was to live life to the fullest. Other guidance offered by the seniors was to keep your head up, eat bacon and to work hard.