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Mountie grads look to the future



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Graduates celebrated their final walk though Berlin High as students. The gym was packed with friends and family, who let graduates know they were proud. (Photos by Erik Eisele) (click for larger version)
June 16, 2010
BERLIN — A packed gymnasium greet the Berlin High School seniors as they made their way through the school hallways for the last time as students.

Graduation on Friday afternoon was marked by celebration, tears and excitement as 122 seniors collected their diplomas, marking the end of their high school careers.

Principal Gary Bisson said he had more hope and confidence in the world these graduates would face than he'd had last year.

"Let's not fold up the tents," he said, "I know a lot of negativity still exists," but "this too shall pass. The class of 2010 will do just fine."

Superintendent Corinne Cascadden said she remembered welcoming many of the students to the elementary school 13 years ago as their principal. Now, she said, she is bidding them farewell as their superintendent.

"You have grown," she said, and she couldn't help but quote Dr. Seuss: "Oh the places you'll go."

Principal Bisson then passed out awards for honors, recognizing students for their scholarship. Then it was time for the student addresses.

Valedictorian Matthew Record urged his classmates to look both forward and backward.

"It is important to remember how you became who you are," he said, but "it's time to look to the future and what it holds for us."

Class president Kayla Holt thanked the class for the cherished memories.

Next was a video presentation, where senior photos and other pictures flashed on a screen over the stage. Shouts erupted as pictures flashed by, as friends and families showed support for the students.

Science teacher Neil Cascadden was the keynote speaker and also the recipient of the yearbook dedication. The told students to be prepared to launch out on their own.

"Know that you have friends," he said, but "ultimately it comes down to you."

He then read the names of the 122 seniors as they came up to collect their diplomas from Michael Couture and other school board members.

At the end of the ceremony the graduates rose and walked outside, where they met with family and friends for photos and hugs. Thus marked the end of the 2010 school year, and for the graduates, their high school years.

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