Alumni Association Presents First Annual Alumni Scholarship

The 47th Annual Awards Night ceremony was held in the CCS gym on Thursday 25-Jun-2009 at 7pm. The 83 members of the Class of 2009 marched smartly into the gym to processional music played by Miss Katie Gardiner. Dan Roberts, high school principal, welcomed family and guests. Class president, Kaitlin Naaktgeboren, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, a select group of chorus member offered a beautiful a capella rendition of the National Anthem. Then it was time for the awards.

Ken Gottry, president of the CCS Alumni Association, presented the first annual alumni scholarships to three delightful young ladies. Here is his presentation speech:
Graduates … No matter where your future plans will take you, we hope that you retain your relationships with your classmates and your community.  In 2005, the CCS Alumni Association was formed to help you stay in touch. We have a website ( We have an email newsletter. We’re on Facebook and MySpace.  So, no matter where you are, we’re trying to make it easy to find your classmates and stay in touch with Cambridge and CCS.

Through the generous donations of alumni, we are able to present the first annual CCS Alumni Association Scholarships. These awards go to CCS seniors who have demonstrated a caring for and commitment to school and community during their high school career.

The 2009 recipients are
AMY KAPITAN - attending Clark University for a Degree in Environmental Science
SARA PODOLEC - planning on becoming an elementary teacher and furthering her education at ACC
JORDAN DELUCA - attending SUNY Delhi to become a Veterinary Technician

The candlelight ceremony and the passing of the Light of Knowledge followed the awarding of prizes. The hot, humid evening drew to a close as the Class of 2009 paraded out, already mentally preparing for the graduation ceremony tomorrow evening and the graduation parties to follow.

As an CCS alumnus and a Cambridge resident, the night brought back many memories of the past and hopes for the future. Best of luck to the Class of 2009.