Tenth GLK-UAIS graduating class looks to the future
Tenth GLK-UAIS graduating class looks to the future
Posted on 06/05/2021
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As Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies honored its past with its 10th graduation class, it was a bright that was being celebrated at commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon.

"I find little value in fear of the future, of what comes next,” said commencement speaker Alexander Hughes. “The proper response to an ending—and certainly to a beginning such as today—is, in fact, to ask “What’s next?” What will I do tomorrow, next week, next month and year to make my life meaningful, to give me purpose and to be useful to those around me? How will I make the world a better place than it is right now? I am proud of my classmates at the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies because we have tried to answer these questions together. I know we will continue to do so, and so I can’t wait to see—from each of you—what’s next.”

Reflecting on the past year, Principal Shaun Green Beebe honored the resiliency of this year’s Class of 2021.

“We won’t let anything prevent or stop our progress,” she said.  Continue to keep the symbolic meaning of 10 ever before you as you traverse through life’s journey.” 

Superintendent of Schools Robert Monroe said that while the world may be forever changed, there are a few absolutes that will be part of the graduate’s future.

“No matter your future challenges or successes, there will be people of strength who unconditionally love you,” he said.  “It is a fundamental law of nature that there is an innate goodness in others that war, economic instability or even a pandemic will never destroy.”

Board of Education President Dr. Mary Thomas  spoke to the graduates on each family’s hopes and dreams for the future.

"You will always be in our minds and our hearts," she said.  "We will never stop caring for you."


Senior Mohammed Chowdhury said goodbye to his classmates with a poem:

“You take 95 strangers and put them in random predicaments
Give ‘em a soul, make your own choices reap the benefit
4 years later packed together, real buoyant and intimate  
Malcolm X said, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
At the time of his remarks I couldn’t read, couldn’t write.
Propositions, We were well aware
In fact pay attention, this one decision changed most of our lives, manifested in succession
For generations we’ve known of the guardians of knowledge
We never questioned the keeper of the keys
And yes, beneath our masks and mischief existed an authentic frustration
I never seen the heinous miscalculations of this order of operations
Unfortunately more dividing and conquering
That’s reality.  
It’s too abstract, no point in an answer like that, “So what Mr. Burak?”
On stage, this platform
Our stories are ladders that make it easier to touch the stars
So climb, keep climbing, spill those emotions deep into the sea
To light your world, a luminous allure
Seen as an amalgam of memories
As I look into each of your eyes, I see comets aligning Orion’s Belt, each a beautiful star,  
I stand here, my veins pumping revolution, with poetry, imploring you to reflect
I stand here, connecting the stars, imploring you to recognize your greatness
I stand here a vagabond, traversing the big dipper, imploring you to embark—You’ve found your dialect
For education is the keeper of keys, the prospect of our celestial potential
Brighten the dark, tomorrow brings a new dream, so absorb everything and let your light escape
Unencumbered by the weight of perfection, let the cadence of your genius object over the sea, empower your fear”
In a program with such academic rigor, We so often forget the basics of life.  
The point of this poem is that the merely obvious realities are overlooked, seen as banal, unnecessary. Though our stanzas of experience, the genius you hold—flows. In rhythm, in rhyme. Revealing years we spent trudging the flow—and it is stellar to see us all grow…I sound like Mr. Hume don’t I?
So remember: Live right now, today. All the adversity you’ve endured inspire seas and skies. You can succeed with no hesitation. So, begin your journey. Travel the stars. Use your genius, move on to something greater.
Graduate knowing you all look beautiful in blue

Congratulations Graduates:
Isaac Abraham 1 3 4 6 SCL
Kristina Elena Aksovski 1 3 6 MCL
Jouzef Barkho 1 3 4 6 SCL
Ian Bain Bednarski 1 3 6 SCL
Hannah Summer Benedict 1 3 6 MCL
Nikolas Joseph Bennett 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Eric Berg 1 2 4 6 SCL
Kristina Berzins 1 6 MCL
Aaron David Bialecki 1 3 6 MCL
Anna Victoria Blaski 1 3 6 SCL
Amelia Sharon Borchich 1 3 6 MCL
Ryan Alan Boring 1 2 4 6 SCL
Joseph Steven Bullock 1 4 6 SCL
Sarah Gabriella Burgess 6 MCL
Catrina Isabelle Trinidad Cagalawan 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Riley Sarah Carver 1 3 4 6 SCL
Mohammed Inan-Reza Chowdhury 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Alexa Renee Clampitt 1 4 6 SCL
Melina Cristina Francesca Colón 1 6 MCL
Mark Scott Crossen 1 6
Ongkon Deb 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Hannah Ellen D’Hondt 1 4 6 SCL
Noelia Dulo 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Fiona Quinn Duncan 1 4 6 SCL
Ethan Erkkinen 1 4 6 SCL
Isabella Feaheny 6 CL
Lauren Fortunato 1 3 6 SCL
Ethan Gertsch 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Andrew Gontaruk 1 5 6 SCL
Doka Gorvokaj 1 3 6 SCL
Samuel Gralewski 1 4 6 SCL
Helena M. Haddad 1 3 4 6 SCL
Ryan Domingo Haines 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Linu Hanna 1 6 MCL
Brady Lawrence Hannan 1 3 4 6 SCL
Jennifer Hasaj 1 3 4 6 SCL
Nessma Hassan 1 3 6 MCL
Laina Marie Heydens 1 3 4 6 SCL
Emily Ellen Hoyumpa 1 3 4 6 SCL
Charlene Z. Hsiung 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Alexander Dean Hughes 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Shahnawaz M. Hussain 1 3 4 6 SCL
William Evan Jenkins 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Lucas Scott Jorgens 1 6 SCL
Carter G. Kemmerling 1 6 MCL
Adam Adel Khanfar 1 6 MCL
Margret Miassar Khoushi 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Samantha Kopietz 1 4 6 SCL
Ella Elizabeth Krause 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Elizabeth Lajiness 1 2 4 6 SCL
Emmersyn Joelle LaPrise 1 3 4 6 SCL
Jaden Yanni Loy 1 3 4 6 SCL
Emily Jane Mackintosh 1 3 6 SCL
Daphne Alexandra Maior 1 3 6 MCL
Kendall Moore Malburg 1 3 4 6 SCL
Maria Anjali Mathew 6
Angelina Autumn-Rose McKimson 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Eric Michael Mercure 6
Adam Nael Meri 1 3 4 6 SCL
Madison Paige Michonski 1 3 4 6 SCL
Thomas R. Mosley CL
Loc Vinh Brendan Nguyen 1 2 3 6 SCL
Dianna Palazzolo 1 3 4 6 SCL
Lauren Lillian Patrick 1 3 4 6 SCL
Maya Anna Pek 1 6
Julia Rachel Peret 1 3 4 6 SCL
Hayden Peterson 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Isabella Sokol Pllumbi 1 3 6 MCL
Rory Lorlie Prisbe 1 3 4 6 SCL
Gavin Puhl 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Haden Muli Puri 1 3 4 6 SCL
Gabriella E. Qafko 1 3 6 SCL
Saim M. Rafiq 1 6 CL
Ananya Chadha Rao 1 4 6 SCL
Lucas Robert Robinson 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Kyle Sibayan Rodriguez 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Gabriel A. Ruiz 1 6 SCL
Farah Ghazwan Sabri 1 3 4 6 SCL
Delaney Hope Sacra 1 2 4 6 SCL
Natalie J. Safo 1 3 4 6 SCL
Jack Gordon Sanitate 1 3 4 6 SCL
Lily M. Sawyers 1 6 MCL
Noah Kurtis Schepke 1 2 3 4 6 SCL
Dillon McKayla Sharp 1 3 6 MCL
Madison Elizabeth Shippy 1 3 4 6 SCL
Harman Deol Singh 1 3 6 MCL
Ryleigh Smythe 1 3 4 6 SCL
Isabella Marie Streiber 1 3 4 6 SCL
Luke Nathaniel Strine 1 3 6 MCL
Pranshu Thakur 1 3 4 6 SCL
Jenna Annette Tryan 1 2 4 6 SCL
Ryan Christopher Verbrugge 1 4 6 SCL
Sarah Weiland CL
Fiona Xhuti 1 3 4 6 SCL
Colin Patrick Zelasko 1 3 4 6 SCL

1 IB Full Diploma Candidate
2 UCS Advanced Placement Scholar
3 National Honor Society
4 Valedictorian
5 Salutatorian
6 UCS Seal of Global Language Candidate