Seniors Graduate at 53rd Commencement


North Salem High School’s 53rd annual commencement celebrated the accomplishments of an exceptional group of seniors.

Family members, faculty and friends cheered as the graduating class entered the tent at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah to “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the high school band. The senior members of the Madrigals sang the national anthem before Principal Dr. Patricia Cyganovich welcomed the graduates and guests to the special ceremony.

Salutatorian Patrick Loftus reflected on growing up with the group of peers who were about to graduate together. “This crew of people has basically become my everything,” he said.

And that group is an accomplished one, as demonstrated by the many scholarships and awards the students have received, which Dr. Cyganovich announced.

In addition to national awards, college scholarships and recognitions, the class collectively received more than $38,000 in community scholarships from organizations like the Brewster Rotary Club, Croton Falls Fire Department and North Salem Basketball League, as well as groups within the school district.

Dr. Cyganovich said the graduates possess both the intelligence and compassion to step up to the plate when it comes to lending a hand to others. “Those in the Class of 2015 would have put aside his or her personal goals to help someone else in need,” she said.

Also addressing his peers was valedictorian Wilson McCloy, who encouraged them to follow their dreams. In quoting Calvin and Hobbes, he concluded by saying, “It’s a magical world, Class of 2015. Let’s go exploring.”