Excelling Toward a New Future


As West Babylon’s graduating Class of 2014 processed onto the field of the West Babylon Junior High School for the annual commencement exercises, they were serenaded by the ceremonial “Pomp and Circumstance,” as performed by the high school band, and cheered on by proud family members and friends. The exercises began with a greeting from Principal Dr. Ellice F. Vassallo, the Pledge of Allegiance led by National Honor Society President Alexandra Martocci, and performances of the national anthem and “God Bless America” by the band.

In his opening remarks, Class of 2014 President John Modica encouraged his peers to never give up on themselves and to have confidence in their choices. “When you give up on yourself, you give up on all those who have supported you,” he said. Salutatorian Julie Barrett defined the Class of 2014 as “remarkable for [its] differences and dedication” and encouraged her peers to keep laughter in their lives. Valedictorian Nicole Cutrone encouraged her peers to pursue something they love and remarked that her classmates’ experiences had been defined through the  “many magical moments” they had experienced in high school that had helped them succeed.  

Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola thanked the class for bringing pride to both the district and their parents. He encouraged the graduates to put life into perspective and appreciate what is truly important. “Life is measured by the moments that take your breath away,” he said.

Board of Education President Diane Thiel noted that the visiting class of 1964 and the graduating class had something in common: the spirit of helping others and giving back to the community. “You are a generous class and a living example of gratitude,” she said. “One person can make a difference in the world. Be that person.”

In celebration, the concert choir played a “senior medley,” arranged by concert choir director Joseph Barone, that included melodies from “Thanks for the Memories,” “Survivor,”  “Best Day of My Life” and more. Together, the choir and band performed “Like an Eagle.”

The graduates were then called one by one to receive their diplomas from Dr. Vassallo and become official alumni of West Babylon High School. The district extends its best wishes and happiness to the Class of 2014.