Putnam High School celebrates 134th commencement
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Jun. 20, 2011
Putnam High School’s 134th commencement exercises were intimate, as 69 seniors received their diplomas on June 18. Family and friends filled the Putnam Middle School auditorium to watch the seniors – girls in white gowns and boys in blue – process onto the stage to take their seats facing the audience. Each of the girls carried a long-stemmed white rose, and each boy wore a white rose pinned to his gown. Thirteen students wore the golden cords of the National Honor Society.
Class President Stephanie Baumuller, salutatorian Erin Marie Konicki and valedictorian Eleanor Prunier addressed their classmates one last time. Class Treasurer Austin Dodd read his “Ode to the Class of 2011,” which he wrote.
“Remember Putnam in all that you do and all you can be,” he wrote.
Prunier urged her classmates to be who they were meant to be. She will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall in the pre-teaching program.
Principal Paul Brenton passed along advice that his father gave to him when he was young.
Admitting that it took him years to understand some of the things that his father said, he urged the students to listen to the simple advice he’d been given when he was their age.
“Stand on your own two feet,” he said.
“Be strong, even in the dark days, which there are bound to be.
Speak your mind. Do the right thing, even if it is difficult.
Listen more; it’s good for your soul.
Pick a path and take it. Your goals are your own. Dream big.
Live so you can be honest with your kids.
Be brave, honest and true.
Do what you love, as we have come to love you,” he said.