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Pelham Memorial High School Graduates 218 Students

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Memorial High School (PMHS) graduated 218 students on Saturday morning; 96 percent of whom are headed to some institution of higher learning.

Family and friends of the students gathered on the lawn of PMHS where students decked out in blue and yellow marched down the aisle together one last time. Principal Jeannine Clark said that the Class of 2012 was one of the best the school has ever had.

"We've had students excel in the classroom, in athletics and in other areas as well," Clark said.

Three students, Ann Dwyer, Steven Wessman and Omar Gouda gave speeches but shied away from traditional graduation topics like looking to the future and memories shared at the school. Dwyer focused on the hashtag "yolo" which means "You Only Live Once" and described how that can be both a positive and negative thing.

Wessman spoke about a school maintenance worker that helped him during his senior year to better himself at the school's fitness center, while Gouda spoke about how race of a person doesn't matter but their character.

Click here for a photo gallery from the ceremony.

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