Superintendent of Sayville Schools, Dr. Walter F. Schartner, greeted members of the Board of Education, administrators, teachers, distinguished guests, alumni, parents, grandparents, extended families, and members of the Class of 2012; “ I am honored to be part of this morning’s significant occasion and to share with you in this celebration of your graduation.” (excerpts from speech)
Superintendent of Sayville Schools, Dr. Walter Schartner recalled his years with the graduates as their Middle School Principal. He accredited this class as not only helping the Middle School become an Essential Elements: School to Watch, National School of Excellence in 2006, but also attending the award presentation by New York State Education Department representatives.
“I’ve watched many of you over the past seven years perform in plays, music concerts, art shows, athletic contests, robotics, and participate in high school committee meetings. I’ve viewed your involvement with service projects and other general efforts to help your fellow man, including the planning and implementation of a holiday dinner for over 700 homeless people. All of this while participating in AP courses at levels that allowed Sayville High School to be recognized nationally for AP achievement. Through all of these activities, you have helped set new standards of achievement for other classes to emulate. You have added to the excellence that is the Sayville Public Schools.”
Enumerating the ten traits of successful leaders, which he cited from The Investors’ Business Daily newspaper, (and that when combined, can turn dreams into reality), Dr. Schartner acknowledge that the graduating class had already demonstrated many of those traits during their school careers, for which, “your current level of success is not an accident!”
The Superintendent also reminded the Class of 2012 to thank “those special people in your life,” who have helped them achieve and offered last words of advice: “You have the power to change the course of history through goodness, kindness, and intelligent decision making.” In closing, Dr. Schartner stated how proud Sayville was of “each and every one of you, and we share your happiness this morning” as he wished them “Good luck and may God bless you in all that you do!”