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Carrier Educational Center holds Senior recognition ceremony

Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta as he speaks to the graduates.

ANGOLA — Students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programming at the Carrier Educational Center celebrated hard work and perseverance during the 2019 senior recognition ceremony held at Lake Shore High School.

More than 80 students from Eden, Forestville, Gowanda, Lake Shore, Orchard Park, Pine Valley, North Collins and Silver Creek central schools walked across the stage, donned in cap and gown, to receive certificates of completion and possible scholarship awards. The 90-minute ceremony truncated the decade-plus worth of work it took graduates to realize their achievement.

No stranger to perseverance or speaking before CTE graduates is Patrick Kaleta. The Angola native and former right-winger for the Buffalo Sabres filled the role of underdog for most of his life, but it never stopped him in his pursuit of his dreams.

“Getting out of high school and getting into the real world, people would be lying to you if they said it would be very, very easy. It’s going to be hard,” Kaleta said. “Whether it’s finding a job or trying to save money for a car … my advice to you is to bear down, work hard and have fun with it. Good things will come.”

Kaleta’s message of perseverance was enforced by fellow guest speaker, 2018-19 NWHL league MVP and Buffalo Beauts standout Maddie Elia.

More than 80 students enrolled in Carrier Educational Center programming, including CDOS, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary, HVAC, Information Technology and Small Animal Science programs, were honored during a Senior Recognition Ceremony held at Lake Shore High School.

“Even though you have a skill that you’ve mastered it doesn’t mean you stop there,” Elia said. “There’s always more to learn and more to improve. I challenge you to do things that may be uncomfortable and work as hard as you can. Use the feeling of being uncomfortable to motivate you to achieve what you want.”

Students enrolled in CDOS, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary, HVAC, Information Technology and Small Animal Science spent the past two years learning more about the specific fields of interest. The knowledge gained and bonds formed will last a lifetime.

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2018-19 NWHL league MVP and Buffalo Beauts forward Maddie Elia speaks to Career and Technical Education graduates during the Senior Recognition Ceremony held at the Carrier Educational Center.

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