Nearly all of the 94 seniors who graduated on Saturday morning from WMRHS, plus both junior class marshals, posed for a group photograph before the 10 a.m. ceremony began.
Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
June 20, 2012WHITEFIELD — Ninety-four seniors graduated from White Mountains Regional High School in a two-hour outdoor ceremony on Saturday morning under bright sunny skies in front of hundreds of parents, family members, friends, faculty, and alumni.
Speakers, including principal Erik Anderson and class president Sara Selensky, described the Class of 2012 as close-knit, hard-working, resilient, respectful, and responsible.
Forty-one of the 94 seniors qualified to wear Career and Technical Education (CTE) cords by earning four credits over two years in a specific cluster area. Girls' varsity teams won three state championships in the 2011-2012 school year: track, basketball, and softball.
Valedictorian Kelsie Schanlaber urged her classmates to use their "high-powered brains that can make a huge difference in the world," pointing out that humans are "fortunate to have the privilege of being able to think, reason, and perform."
Salutatorian Eryn Voigt spoke of the "power of connection," explaining that she would "always remember how it felt to be connected to each and every person in this class — how it feels to be a part of something." She urged her classmates to "live with passion and know that you are never alone."
Honors speaker Jacqueline Lowell encouraged her classmates to "grab life with both hands and steer yourself in the direction that you want to be in. Don't follow the road; create your own path."
Graduating senior Dionna Caswell made a surprise presentation to former WMRHS English teacher Amy Paul who is battling cancer and to her husband Doug Paul, former WMRHS horticulture teacher of a student-produced memory book. The key role that played by teachers in the lives of their students across the District was emphasized this year.
The JROTC Spartan Battalion honor guard presented the colors, and senior Spencer Allard sang the National Anthem, accompanied by senior Byron Comeau on guitar.
The WMRHS chorus, directed by Kate Richardson, sang "Keep Holding On." The WMRHS Band played Leonard Bernstein's "Slava!" in addition to Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" which served as both a processional and recessional.
Before presenting the diplomas, SAU #36 Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harry Fensom noted that this was the 23rd graduation at which he had spoken as superintendent and that he was thrilled to play a small part in the graduates' day. He encouraged the class to lead "whole lives" and which them all success and happiness.
Principal Anderson and WMRSD school board chairman Greg Odell also shook the hand of every graduate. Vice Principal/Athletic Director Mike Berry read aloud all graduates' names.
Diplomas were awarded to John P. Ahern, John Edward Alexander, Spencer Patricia Allard, Alex Anderson, Travis J. Anderson, Jesse Leo Anthony, Emily Baker, Mikala Bastian, Spencer M. Beaton, Tyler Michael Beattie, Amy Lorraine Belanger, Leighann Marie Bell, Bryanna Bennett, Kelsey Hayes Bennion, Megan Nicole Berish, Trevor Allen Birard, Jacob M. Brady, Emily Aurore Brisson, Benjamin S. Brodeur, Charles Everett Brown, Joseph Burbach, Taylor Lyn Cameron, Marina Alvarenga Camilotti, Jacob Cassady, Dionna E. Caswell, Isaac C. Caswell, Mason Cliche, Byron J. Comeau, Taylor Leigh Cooney, Joseph Lee Corey, Brennah Couture, Aaron A. Cox, Christopher John Crawford, Kalman Karley Csigi XIV, Nicole Currier, Chantel Descoteaux, Lindsey Alexandra Desrochers, Reed Doolan, Brandy Lynne Dreyer, Shelby Mae Flynn, Danielle Renee Forcier, Bethany Marie Gadoury, Molly Sue Galasyn, Brody Andrew Glidden, Joshua James Gooden, Douglas James Gorman, Benjamin James Hampton, Tiffany A. Harrington, Riley Hartshorn, Savanah Brooke Autumn Hatfield, Katlynn Marie Heimerl, Jazmin Maria Hernandez, Angel Marie Kenison, Rachel Mae Kenison, Carleton Kleinschrodt, Morgan Blake Landry, Alex G. Leonard, Jaqueline Viola Lowell, Mark Carl Lufkin Jr., Zach Martin, Nelson Amos Matott II, Kimberly Ann McGee, Reilley Alexandra McGee, Hunter Carl McKearney, Tyler Ian McLeod, Cristeena June Monahan, Mathew R. Monahan, Brianne Regan Morneau, Gregory N. Nerich, Rachel Ann O'Neal, Paul Orlando, Danielle Patterson, Gabriel R. Payer, Dana Perkins, Brianna Ashley Perry, Cassandra Pillard, Annabelle Mae Pribbernow, Amanda Rines, Steven Samson, Carlotta Sanchez, Kelsie Nicole Schanlaber, Nicole Renee Schmidt, Sara Ann Selensky, Samuel Jacob Sibulkin, Crystal Ann-Marie Silver, Tyler R. Smith, Charles Mitchell Sprague, Cora Stapleton, Josbert Villanueva, Eryn Tyler Voigt, Lorien Simone Welch, Zachary White, Brittani Morgan Willey, and Brandi Lynne Wise.
One hundred and ten students graduated from the WMRSD this month. Sixteen SAU #36 students graduated from the North Country Charter Academy, a public computer-based alternative school, on Sunday, June 3, at a graduation held at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.