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Sen. Charles Schumer tells Calhoun High School's Class (Credit: Tara Conry)

Sen. Charles Schumer tells Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 to "go for it." (June 23, 2013)

Sanford H. Calhoun High School graduation

Sanford H. Calhoun High School, in Merrick, graduated 350 students Sunday at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

Cancer survivor and 2013 Calhoun High School graduate
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Cancer survivor and 2013 Calhoun High School graduate Dean Brownworth, 18, of Merrick, addresses his classmates. “Life throws curve balls at all of us, and sometimes we are knocked down,” said Brownworth, who also played baseball for Calhoun. “But you have to get up, you have to find the strength to carry on, to continue the journey. You need to believe.” (June 23, 2013)

Members of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013
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Members of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at their commencement ceremony. (June 23, 2013)

Calhoun High School graduates Patrick Mancini, 18, and
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Calhoun High School graduates Patrick Mancini, 18, and Gerard Franzese, 18, both of Merrick, celebrate after their commencement. (June 23, 2013)

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Graduates of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013
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Graduates of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 pose with their senior class adviser, Brian Joyce, after their commencement ceremony. (June 23, 2013)

Calhoun High School graduates accept their diplomas during
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Calhoun High School graduates accept their diplomas during their commencement ceremony at Westbury's NYCB Theatre. (June 23, 2013)

Despina Psyllis, 18, president of Calhoun High School's
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Despina Psyllis, 18, president of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013, reflects on her time in high school during graduation. (June 23, 2013)

Julianne Ciccone, 18, the salutatorian of Calhoun High
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Julianne Ciccone, 18, the salutatorian of Calhoun High School's Class of 2013, delivers her commencement address. (June 23, 2013)

Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 officers give

Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 officers give their senior class adviser, Brian Joyce, a standing ovation. (June 23, 2013)

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Calhoun High School graduates pass around a beach
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Calhoun High School graduates pass around a beach ball during their commencement ceremony at NYCB Theatre in Westbury. (June 23, 2013)

Sen. Charles Schumer tells Calhoun High School's Class
(Credit: Tara Conry)

Sen. Charles Schumer tells Calhoun High School's Class of 2013 to "go for it." (June 23, 2013)

Calhoun High School's 2013 graduates toss their caps
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Calhoun High School's 2013 graduates toss their caps to mark their graduation. (June 23, 2013)

Calhoun High School students line up for their
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Calhoun High School students line up for their commencement ceremony at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. (June 23, 2013)

Dean Brownworth, a 2013 Calhoun High School graduate
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Dean Brownworth, a 2013 Calhoun High School graduate and cancer survivor, receives a standing ovation after speaking at commencement. (June 23, 2013)

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