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Friends Academy graduation 2013

Friends Academy graduates couldn't hold back their laughter

Friends Academy graduates couldn't hold back their laughter during the humorous speech given by commencement speaker and fellow grad Nicholas McNeil, 17. McNeil was not afraid to take jabs at teachers and administrators in his speech at the Locust Valley school. (June 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Friends Academy in Locust Valley celebrated its 96 Class of 2013 graduates with a ceremony June 15 at the school.

From left, Jack Baur, Paul Asadourian and Jahan
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From left, Jack Baur, Paul Asadourian and Jahan Kahn after graduating at the Friends Academy in Locust Valley. (June 15, 2013)

Friends Academy Head of School William G. Morris
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Friends Academy Head of School William G. Morris Jr. commended the Class of 2013 for always responding to the community and each other with empathy, particularly during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, during the graduation ceremony in Locust Valley. (June 15, 2013)

Students wait for the graduation ceremony to commence
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Students wait for the graduation ceremony to commence at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. According to the school, of the 96 graduates, 75 percent were accepted into college by either early decision or early action. (June 15, 2013)

Ninety-six students were awarded diplomas at the Friends
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Ninety-six students were awarded diplomas at the Friends Academy graduation ceremony in Locust Valley. The Friends Academy's head of school, William G. Morris Jr., was first to congratulate each student. (June 15, 2013)

Student Nicholas McNeil, 17, who was selected by
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Student Nicholas McNeil, 17, who was selected by his Friends Academy Class of 2013 mates to give the closing remarks, joked that the day everyone had been waiting for was finally here — the day he would give his commencement speech. (June 15, 2013)

The Upper School choir performed
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The Upper School choir performed "Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid)" at the Friends Academy graduation ceremony in Locust Valley. (June 15, 2013)

Liam Kearney and Marissa Tidona after graduating at
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Liam Kearney and Marissa Tidona after graduating at the Friends Academy in Locust Valley. (June 15, 2013)

Friends Academy graduates couldn't hold back their laughter
Photo Credit: Jackie Salo

Friends Academy graduates couldn't hold back their laughter during the humorous speech given by commencement speaker and fellow grad Nicholas McNeil, 17. McNeil was not afraid to take jabs at teachers and administrators in his speech at the Locust Valley school. (June 15, 2013)

Student John O' Brien presented the Friends Academy
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Student John O' Brien presented the Friends Academy senior class gift, the speaker system being used at the graduation ceremony in Locust Valley. (June 15, 2013)

Senior Margot Mangiarotti, 18, who was selected by
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Senior Margot Mangiarotti, 18, who was selected by her Friends Academy classmates to be a class speaker at graduation, started off her speech by thanking them for the honor at the ceremony in Locust Valley. She will be studying at Cornell University in the fall. (June 15, 2013)

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