Niagara Gazette


October 11, 2013

Lew-Port alumni honorees stress building up local community

Lew-Port alumni honorees stress building up local community

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — The theme inside Lewiston-Porter High School’s auditorium Thursday was community. Give back to it. Help it grow. Allow it to help you grow.

All four of the district’s distinguished alumni, honored during a morning assembly and giving help to classes during the afternoon, embody the nature of their comments. Speaking directly to the members of the school’s student body, represented across all four grade levels, the group showed their individual mentalities had common ground.

“Get out there,” Nancy Diez Orsi, class of 1963, said. “Get involved in your community. Help with events ... or volunteer at a food pantry. Everything you do does make a difference.”

Diez Orsi, who previously worked at the district as its curriculum and instructional coordinator besides graduating from the school, said she never had a direct plan in her life. She said she went through school enjoying herself but ended up leaving college without a degree after two years.

With the help of her husband, she ended up returning to school to complete her education. He ended up completing his four-year degree after she was done and working, she said.

“Look ahead, set some goals,” she told her audience. “But don’t (accomplish) a lot of them fast. Work on one, finish it and start a new one.”

One of the easiest ways to succeed in high school, according to another member of the group of alumni, is to find a mentor.

It doesn’t matter who the mentor might be, whether an older student, teacher or coach, only that they’re worthy of guiding a student through a tough time when a wiser voice is needed, said Patrick Roemer, a member of Lew-Port’s class of 1981.

“Find a mentor, somebody who can help you,” he told the students. “Find the people like that and hold on to their coattails. Because a lot of times they’ve been there themselves.”

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