Families and friends jammed into Voorheesville's performing arts center to celebrate the district's graduates.

“I’m interested in video-editing, and 3-D modeling and animation,” Valedictorian Erik Patak said. “I was learning off YouTube, one of the best educational resources.”

John Bennett Mackay learned last month that he had edged out his friends for the honor at a school he enjoyed attending.

The Buffalo Business First newspaper found that only 3.7 percent of the children in the Voorheesville district live below the federally designated poverty line.

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