Amsterdam High School students celebrate accomplishments at graduation ceremony

June 24, 2017

When Tazdyn Francisco, a graduating senior at Amsterdam High School, was in third grade, she wrote a poem about her life that still rings true today.

“My hair is as golden as the sun’s rays/ My heart holds memories that are as full of joy as a newborn baby/ I live in a brick house and I eat lasagna.”

Francisco, this year’s salutatorian, read her poem during the Class of 2017’s graduation ceremony Saturday, June 24 in the high school gymnasium.

“So while everything changes next year, embrace the change,” Francisco told nearly 250 graduating students. “But also, don’t forget who you are and where you came from.”

Several members of the district and local politicians participated in the 209th commencement ceremony.

Superintendent Vicky Ramos told students they should be proud of themselves — they accomplished something that “no one can take away.”

“You have met an expectation that was set from the time you entered kindergarten,” Ramos told the seniors.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, Board of Education President Nellie Bush, High School Principal Patrick Corrigan, valedictorian Jessica Gardinier, senior class President Maria Lamonto and Student Government President Calynn Vitus also addressed the students.

Senior chorus members performed “We Can Dream.”