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Eldred’s class of 2014

Students at Eldred Central School graduate from high school.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

By Fritz Mayer
July 2, 2014

ELDRED, NY — There was a sizable crowd as parents and members of the community turned out to witness the graduation of the 56 students of the class of 2014.

The class salutatorian, Koty Kurtz, welcomed everyone and said to his peers, “Some of us will go into the work force, others will go on to college. I recommend that whatever you do, follow your passion. As Confucius stated, ‘wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.’”

Superintendent Robert Dufour quoted J.R.R. Tolkien in his remarks to the crowd. He said, “In “Fellowship of the Ring,” Frodo stated, ‘I wish it need not have happened in my time.’ To which Gandalf replied, ‘So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for us to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”

Dufour ended his remarks saying, “Now is your time to change the world.”

Two longtime members of the community were inducted into the Eldred Hall of Fame. Christine Meyers of the class of 1939 was one. She served as postmistress at the Eldred post office for 24 years, and also had a career as a deputy town clerk in the Town of Highland, retiring at the age of 92 earlier this year.

The other inductee was Bernice Haas, of the class of 1946. She went to work in the district in 1961, and shortly thereafter became the food service manager. She retired in 1991, but then worked as a library assistant, retiring again in 2011. She still works at the school as a volunteer.

The main speaker of the day was Carl Kelly of Highland Lake, who is the executive director of ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Rhinebeck.

He ticked off the generations of the last century, saying, “the Greatest Generation went through 1927; we have the Silent Generation that ended in 1945; we have the Boomer generation that went from 1946 to 1964; we have the Generation Xers who were born between 1965 and the 1980s; and then you came along. You’re referred to as the ‘Nexters,’ the ‘Generation Yers,’ or the ‘Millennials.’” And he said there are differences among the generations.

He said the Millennials had experienced wars, acts of terrorism, social change and many natural disasters. He said “You‘ve come from very diverse backgrounds; about half of you have grown up in a non-traditional household… and you are open to changes in society.