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LHS 2012 graduates receive wisdom and support at ceremony



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At the start of the ceremony, the Class of 2012 turns toward the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. Darin Wipperman/The Littleton Courier. (click for larger version)
June 13, 2012
LITTLETON — In the packed LHS gymnasium, 70 members of the Class of 2012 received their diplomas on Saturday morning. The crowd cheered and laughed as the graduates celebrated the moment.

Graduation brought an end to a week of memories and recognition. There was a senior celebration last Tuesday evening. Awards were handed out on Thursday. The class received a total of $226,150 in scholarships during the evening's festivities that took place in the gym.

On Saturday, Class President Mae DesTroismaisons thanked class advisors Emily Platt and Mark Fiorentino. She also expressed gratitude for her classmates and the entire community. "When my family moved here in 2004," she said, "I knew this was my real home." She hoped that the graduates would do what makes them happy in the future.

School Board Chairman Ann Wiggett offered wisdom from a series of quotations. She presented the blunt advice of Mark Twain when she said, "The world owes you nothing. It was here first." Wiggett concluded by noting that the graduates should "sail away from the safe harbor" to embrace the possibilities of life.

The diverse talents and community service in the Class of 2012 impressed Principal Sikander Rashid. "I shall miss you greatly," he said. Yet, "the news of your successful impact on our challenged world will keep my heart smiling," he added.

Rashid continued to express the great faith he had in the class. "I challenge you to not settle for mediocrity," he noted. "You must follow the light in your heart." He concluded by saying that the graduates will "lead us in a manner befitting the best of the human race."

Confidence in the class was also present in the remarks of Valedictorian Alexandra DePalma. She said that the class is young, but that "a baby shark is still a shark." "We are fierce," she noted, and the graduates "have the audacity necessary to change the world."

DePalma concluded by saying, "Yes, we will fall, struggle, and maybe fail, but we are young, resilient and ready to fight for our future . . . We are a force to be reckoned with."

Salutatorian Lindsey Glines offered a look back and a sense of pride in the future. "Who knew 13 years could feel like one?" she said. "The ability to see things in a different light is something that will serve us as long as we live," she continued. With confident determination, Glines ended her speech by offering words of advice from the late Steve Jobs, "Congratulations, now go put a dent in the universe."

Acting Superintendent Alan Smith said that the North Country was pleased with the 70,000 hours of community service that the graduates performed in their careers. This led Smith to say that the graduates should "trust their inner compass." Smith encouraged the class to take advantage of "the abundance of opportunities that will present themselves to you."

Smith ended with some wisdom from Dr. Seuss. "Today was good," he said, "Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."

After the ceremony, the Class of 2012 made their way to the Gallen Career Center parking lot. There they took pictures, chatted with friends, and enjoyed the company of family. The smiling faces were greeted with warm sunshine. This glowing honor from the sky reflected the confidence that was so evident throughout the morning's festivities.

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