By Jed Kaiser
Oyster Bay High School’s Class of 2018 just received their first glimpse of the top students in their class. Juniors Sahill Yadav, Terrance Cameron, Jodi Yeh and Keith Cassar each received his or her invitation to the 2017 Oyster Bay High School Graduation, where each will serve as a Graduation Marshall. How are the Graduation Marshalls chosen each year? The four members of the junior class with the highest weighted GPAs earn the distinction. Yep, that’s right. Let the speculation begin. Two of the four Graduation Marshalls are the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their class. The only question is, who?
The announcement of the Marshalls has electrified the junior class. When asked how she felt when learning that she was a Marshall, Jodi Yeh stated, “It’s rewarding to know that all our hard work has paid off, and it serves as motivation for me as well, to try to get to the top of the class. It’s also a surprise to finally know where our past three years have taken us, placement wise.”
Terrance Cameron had a similar sentiment, stating, “I was honored to find out that I was top four in my class and excited to see my hard work pay off! It feels amazing to be a Graduation Marshall this year and to accomplish what I’ve been striving for my whole high school career.” While knowing they rank in the top four of their class may serve as a relief for now, it has left everyone wondering, what’s the order?
Unfortunately for Yadav, Cameron, Yeh, and Cassar, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their class will not be announced until September of next year, but in the meantime, they will still receive the perks of being Marshalls. As Marshalls, each will serve as a flag bearer during the procession, meaning that two Marshalls will be marching out of each of the high school’s front entrances, carrying either the American or New York State flag up on to the stage. Furthermore, for the rest of the proceedings, the Marshalls will be able to sit on the stage with the graduating seniors, teachers, and administrators, having a front row view for the distribution of diplomas and the class speeches.
Congratulations to the 2017 Graduation Marshalls! Rather than worry over the class rank, I urge you all to enjoy being a Marshall. I can say from experience that you will have a great time at Graduation. Best of luck to you all next year!