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Sleepy Hollow High School Honors Class of 2012

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow High School valedictorian Andrew Eagan sees a lot of talent in the Class of 2012, from acting to writing to athletics. He even promised Student Body President Kyle McGovern that he'd vote for him for president.

“I believe that every student sitting here can and will contribute to the world in some way or another,” Eagan said.

The Sleepy Hollow High School Class of 2012, numbering 214, graduated Thursday night in the high school auditorium surrounded by friends, family and teachers. Students and school officials offered memories and advice to the seniors before handing out the diplomas in front of smiling parents.

Eagan, described as a “scholar, organist and archer” during the introduction, is heading off to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He celebrated the talent of the senior class during his speech and thanked all of the teachers for their work in molding and supporting students.

“I know that everyone will show their greatness in the future,” he said.

Salutatorian Catherine Lillis noted that Thursday's ceremony was a turning point in each senior's life.

“After 13 years together, we're finally ready to move on and forge new paths,” she said.

Lillis is a National Merit Finalist who is heading to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Lillis advised her classmates to think differently, saying it wasn't enough to know things. Graduating seniors should be able to use what they've learned to make a difference, she said.

“Sleepy Hollow has been an incredible community to grow up in,” she said. “I will always keep in mind what I learned here and I hope my classmates do the same.”

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