Graduates of the Berlin High senior class of 2011 move onward


June 18, 2011
BERLIN — A lively crowd in the jam-packed gymnasium applauded 122 Berlin High senior graduates as they made their final entrance as students on Friday afternoon.

There were laughs, tears and cheers as high-spirited families and friends showed their pride and support for the graduates, celebrating their final hours as Berlin High seniors.

After the school band performed the National Anthem, Principal Gary Bisson welcomed the Class of 2011, and welcomed the rest of the world. He announced that the entire ceremony was being broadcasted on-line for the first time ever, which allowed friends and family members who were over-seas in the military to view the event live.

Then Principal Bisson quoted his favorite author, William Faulkner: "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." He then encouraged the graduates to adopt that philosophy to go far in life.

Corrine Cascadden, superintendant, then took to the podium to bid the graduates farewell and she reminisced about greeting them as their principal in elementary school 13 years ago. "Congratulations. Today is your day. You're off to great places. You're off and away," she said quoting Dr. Seuss's "Oh the places you'll go."

After Superintendant Casscadden introduced the members of the Berlin Board of Education, Principal Bisson stepped back up and named off the high honor students, who were given their scholarships earlier that week, and handed them their silver cup awards and diploma's. The student addresses were next.

Valedictorian Kyle St. Hilaire spoke of high school anxiety and touched upon some memories with his classmates, and then gave them some friendly advice. "You have all the potential in the world to do anything you set your mind to. Never settle for anything less than your best, always carry a smile, and make your mark on the world. We will do great things," he said. He then closed with his congratulations to his class. The class president's student address came next.

"Life is like riding a bike," said 2011 class President Marissa Lemoine using Albert Einstein's quote to compare the life of a student to riding a bike. "Many times, unfortunately, there will be ruts in the road of life, but you can control the way your handlebars steer, and you should decide what needs to be done for yourself. Your future will be based on your choices, so choose wisely," she told her class.

A projector was then set up and a video was presented with photographs of seniors and their memories together. There were cheers, shouts and applauses from friends and family members supporting the students as they watched the big screen.

Chairperson of the Berlin Board of Education, Nicole Plourde, stood to congratulate the graduates and offered them some warm advice. "Be proud of who you are. Be proud of where you're from. Live your lives with meaning, and be the change you want to see. God bless you all," she said in her closing words. She then handed out diplomas to the graduates as they were called up by the recipient of the yearbook, Patricia Hood.

At the closing of the ceremony, Salutatorian there were immense cheers and applause as the graduates stood and tossed their caps in the air, marking the end of their time as high school students, and the beginning of the rest of their lives.

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