Greenville awards diplomas to Class of 2024 (2024)

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July 1, 2024

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

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GREENVILLE — With laughter and tears of joy, the Class of 2024 on Friday walked the stage for their final time as students at Greenville Central High School.

The graduates entered the school’s auditorium to the traditional “Pomp and Circ*mstance,” as family and friends cheered them on.

High School Principal Kristy Goergen welcomed the graduates and the audience.

“It is with great pride and immense joy that I stand before you today to celebrate the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2024,” Goergen said.

“Graduating from high school is no small feat and you should be immensely proud of all you have accomplished,” she told the graduates. “This milestone is a testament to your hard work, determination and resilience.”

Through their four years of high school, the graduates met the challenges that came their way, Goergen said.

“High school is a journey filled with triumphs and trials. You have experienced the joys of friendship, the satisfaction of goals achieved, and perhaps even the occasional disappointment,” Goergen told the class. “Through it all, you have shown perseverance and grit. These qualities will serve you well as you move forward into the next chapter of your lives.”

As the students pave their own path into the future, Goergen offered advice — always be curious, be kind, be resilient, and “remember that success is not just about the destination, it’s about the journey.”

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This year’s valedictorian is Shea Landversicht and the salutatorian is Clara de Long.

Also in the top 10 of the Class of 2024 are Kayla Ahrberg, Emily Peck, Courtney Taibi, Mikaela Crawley, Lauryn Caro, Anna Styer, Jordan Landversicht and Maeve Lampman.

Salutatorian Clara de Long in her speech compared achieving success in life to parallel parking and had three key pieces of advice for both — line yourself up for success, look in your rearview mirror, and then exude confidence as you pursue your goals.

Valedictorian Shea Landversicht, also class president, said her fellow students overcame obstacles and challenges throughout high school.

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“Some of us, four years ago, would never have imagined being on this stage today and we should all be proud of the strength, perseverance and hard work through every class period, every assignment and every setback or challenge,” Landversicht said. “High school is composed of some of the hardest times of our lives and I am so proud of all of us for never giving up.”

“We did it,” she added. “And we are now looking forward to the next chapter of our lives.”

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The Capitol Connection by Alan S. Chartock: Coffee

InColumns, Columns - Greenville, The Greenville Pioneer

April 20, 2023

By Alan S. Chartock

For Capital Region Independent Media

Many people see coffee as an elixir, a cure-all that will make life better when one enjoys that first cup in the morning or takes that last sip in the evening after a meal.

It’s interesting. I drink coffee, but I don’t particularly like the taste. I find it to be too acidic. But coffee is one of those things that has different effects on different people.

In my case, a swig of coffee can make all the difference in my mood, not to mention my general outlook on life. So, when we have our cup of coffee, the outcome on our mood or appetite can change. Sometimes, it cheers us up while at other moments, it can depress us. The point is, we can’t always anticipate the outcome — how we will react or even feel in general.

So whether coffee acts as a stimulant or depressant, it’s clear that we can become addicted to it. Just go a few days without your morning cup and see how your head feels. It’s not pretty. In my case, I would describe my addiction as drinking it without really enjoying it.

Of course, in addition to how much we drink, there’s always the matter of the kind of coffee we buy and how we prepare it. People have been inventing new ways to do that for years and years.

There are those who favor the drip method and those who use coffee machines. Some swear by the French press, others use an old-fashioned percolator. Now there are fancy single-serve machines.

For a lot of us, once we’ve gotten used to the way we make our coffee, we’re not about to change methods. We like the consistency of knowing just what that cup of coffee is going to taste like. Plus, the beans we choose and whether or not we opt to add sugar or sweetener or cream can really change the taste.

Obviously, some cream or milk makes all the difference. For those who have never experienced what whole cream or milk tastes like in coffee, you are probably in for a rude awakening when you imbibe the real thing, even if you suspect you are harming yourself by swallowing.

Once you add milk or cream or sweeteners, you will change what you are drinking to the point that you may approach the addictive stage. Certainly, that’s the case when you add too much sugar.

There are people who swear that we are hurting ourselves when we add things to our coffee. I remember when I was teaching at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute, I would join my colleagues every day for coffee breaks. At that stage in my life (I may have been paying for it ever since), I would add three heaping tablespoons of sugar to my coffee. My colleagues, including my part-time secretary, would watch in horror and tell me in no uncertain terms that I was killing myself.

Indeed, I may have been. They may have been right. To this day, and it is many, many years later, I really don’t know how much cumulative harm I did to my system then. Perhaps the ensuing harm has followed me through my life.

I know one thing, the heart burn which has often been a constant pain seems to be related to my sugar intake.

Frankly, I have never really liked coffee and yet, I think that I have talked myself into this addiction. There are those who love tea. I am not one of them. To me, the stuff tastes like moderated swill.

Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the State University of New York, publisher of the Legislative Gazette and president and CEO of the WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network. Readers can email him at

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