CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Class of 2024 at Corning-Painted Post High School (CPP) marked a huge milestone as they celebrated their graduation. Tassels turned for 321 students who closed out a chapter that began in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dorthy Piech, is the classes valedictorian and shared with WENY her thoughts before reading her speech to her class and their families.

"It's a little nerve-wracking, but I'm really excited," says Piech. "I think it just like I've put in a ton of work over high school and I'm really excited to like see that pay off."

The theme of Piech's speech was based around "was it worth it" She says, this questions helped guide her to reflect on different things like things that are worth it to her, her classmates and their futures.

CPP students spent the four years in the class room succeeding in their academics and in extracurricular activities. They also spent time getting to know each other and create friendships that may last a lifetime. Piech participated in Dance at 171, roboitcs, year book for three years, playing piano and getting around to a little bit of everything in a speedy but somewhat slow four years.

Executive Principal Robin Sheehan says celebrating the 10th commencement is exciting,

"We're just excited to celebrate the class, their accomplishments and whatever the future holds for them. I think that it's an exciting moment for each of our students. They followed their own paths and they've made their mark here at the high school, and we're excited to see what they do next," says Sheehan.

The graduates turned their tassels and will look ahead on to the workforce or higher education with the lessons they learned in the classroom, on the field, and as young adults.

Congratulations Class of 2024.