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Chris "Cito" Culver Graduates from West Irondequoit High School

A New York Yankee got his high school diploma on Sunday. Chris "Cito" Culver graduated with more than 300 other students from West Irondequoit High School. Culver, a short-stop switch hitter, was the NY Yankees first round draft pick. "It’s nice being here with all my classmates," said Culver. "This is probably the last time I'm going to see a lot of them." Culver leaves Monday morning for Tampa, Florida.

He begins his professional career in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. "I haven't played in a while since last sectional game so I'm really excited to get back on the field," said Culver. Classmates and their parents say they're happy to see something big happen for a local kid.

"He’s worked really hard and it's been nice watching him grow up and achieve. It's a lifelong dream of his," said Vinessa O'Connor whose daughter is in Culver's graduating class. It hasn't been easy for Culver. His father is in prison for setting the family's house on fire. He, his mom and younger sisters managed to escape. Culver didn't let that get him down.

He kept his grades up and gave it his all on the field. School officials are glad his hard work is paying off. "He’s such a great kid, hardworking, persistent and such great character," said Superintendent Jeff Crane. "Regardless of where he ends up he is a success." It could take years for Culver to get to the Major League. 

Many players who are drafted never make it, but Culver has a lot of people rooting for him. "I love it, they all support me. They're all looking for the best for me," said Culver. "I just want to make them happy." 


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