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Westlake High School Valedictorian Encourages 'Acts Of Kindness'

Westlake HIgh School senior Lexi Pichiarallo hugs Class of 2015 President Samantha Howard at Friday's commencement exercises.
Westlake HIgh School senior Lexi Pichiarallo hugs Class of 2015 President Samantha Howard at Friday's commencement exercises. Photo Credit: Provided
Westlake High School senior Katie Cullen delivers the valedictory address on Friday.
Westlake High School senior Katie Cullen delivers the valedictory address on Friday. Photo Credit: Provided
It's official. Westlake HIgh School graduates toss their caps to celebrate on Friday.
It's official. Westlake HIgh School graduates toss their caps to celebrate on Friday. Photo Credit: Provided
Westlake High Principal Keith Schenker speaking to the Class of 2015 during Friday's commencement  exercises.
Westlake High Principal Keith Schenker speaking to the Class of 2015 during Friday's commencement exercises. Photo Credit: Provided
Westlake High School graduate Shannon Frisbie takes a selfie with Principal Keith Schenker.
Westlake High School graduate Shannon Frisbie takes a selfie with Principal Keith Schenker. Photo Credit: Provided

THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- During Friday's commencement exercises at Westlake High School, Class of 2015 Valedictorian Katie Cullen said one of the most rewarding life lessons she learned "is to help others whenever possible."

One doesn't have to organize a blood drive, she said, even though that's a great service project,

"It can be much simpler, like holding a door for someone, inviting someone to sit with you, or just being a friend when someone needs you,'' Cullen said.

"It might not seem like a big deal,'' Cullen said, "but a small act of kindness can really impact a person’s life, or at least brighten their day, and it will definitely brighten yours, too."

Cullen went on to quote Maya Angelou, saying, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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