Silver Sands School Proudly Graduates Eleven Students

Silver Sands Schools held their graduation ceremony last week for eleven very excited students.

“Special thanks to all of you parents for sharing your children with us,” said Alan Lambert, Silver Sands Principal.  “The staff and I have grown very attached to all of our graduates and this is a bittersweet time for all of us.  We are all proud of each and every graduate and so happy to see them make their way on the journey of life, yet also sad to see them leave us at Silver Sands because we will miss them greatly.  We hope that our graduating class will always think of us as their ‘other’ family and know that we are still rooting for them.”

Lambert told the large crowd gathered for this joyous occasion, “Every graduate needs to realize this is their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at this hour, they were victorious in completing this first of many hurdles in life. We have had many opportunities to celebrate their successes no matter how big or small.  Excellence is never an accident: it is always the result of high intention, determined effort, and skilled execution.  Our students have certainly had a long climb to the top of the mountain and tonight we are celebrating that they have made it to the top. We hope that they are as proud of themselves as we are of them!”

Brittany Corkum and Nick Segafredo opened the evening’s ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.  Christian Arzuaga and Kyle Pegues presented an inspirational reading.

Special guest, Kaye McKinley, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, was asked to say a few words about each of the graduates.

“We have a tradition at Silver Sands on graduation night that we spotlight the students,” said McKinley.  “It is not about somebody standing up here and talking about all of the wonderful things they are going to do when they leave but it is about the things that they did while they were here.”

McKinley introduced each of the graduates and shared with the audience their numerous successes. 

“Parents, thank you for allowing your child to become a part of our lives,” said McKinley.  “I know they are your most prized possession.  They made a difference in your life the day they were born.  They made a difference in the lives of peers as they went to school.  They made a difference in the lives of the teachers and therapists all these years.  They have made a difference in the community.  And they have made a difference in the lives of too many people that are too numerous to mention tonight.  As the Class of 2013 graduates tonight, they are going to walk out those doors and continue to make a difference in others’ lives.  Thank you so much for sharing your children with us.”

Marv McKinley, the President of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club, was also on hand to present a $1000 scholarship to two very deserving students. 

“It is my distinct honor and pleasure to be here because these will be the very first scholarships given to a Key Club at Silver Sands School – because it is the very first Silver Sands Key Club,” said McKinley.  “It is also the very first Key Club of its kind in the world.”

McKinley told the audience, “As Kiwanians they are receiving this scholarship because of their dedication to initiate this Key Club; to work towards its success (and it has been a success); to helping their community; and to having the desire to continue learning.”

The winners of the 2013 Kiwanis Club Scholarships were Kyle Pegues and Christian Arzuaga.







Congratulations to the Silver Sands School Class of 2013:

Christian Alexandru Arzuaga
Gary Joseph Comerico, Jr.
Brittany Willa Corkum
Dustin Blake Duchnowski
Sean Peter Gacioch
Kenneth Michael Lowery, Jr.
Tucker Ray Mathers
Todd Samual Mesiner, Jr.
Kyle Matthew Pegues
Kara Brooke Quellet
Nick Lewis Segafredo

To see a complete photo gallery of the graduates, please visit our Facebook page.