Suffield High School graduating class ready for next transition

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Mon., Jun. 20, 2011
Hats fly through the air as the Suffield High School commencement ceremony concludes on June 18. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.
Hats fly through the air as the Suffield High School commencement ceremony concludes on June 18. Photos by Gregory A. Scibelli.

Neha Mehta, Sarah Voisine and Marco Muzio all described similar themes about transition and constant change regarding the Suffield High School Class of 2011.

On June 18, the members of the Class of 2011 received their diplomas at Ted Beneski Field in yet another transition for a group that has been through so much.

“Liveliness is change,” Class President Muzio told his classmates. “If you’re not moving, you’re not living.”

Muzio said the class has been on the go since the moment they reached Suffield High School, four years ago. Muzio described many firsts that the class had gone through and said every one of the changes makes the class unique.

Most importantly, he recognized Edward Garvey, a long tenured vice principal. “We will be the last senior class to celebrate graduation with Mr. Garvey,” said Muzio. The statement brought a huge ovation from the senior class.

The amount of change the senior class has seen is nothing compared to what they will encounter in the world, Muzio said, and he believes the class will be ready for whatever challenges the world brings to them.

“We have emerged strong and successful through all the changes and we will continue to succeed,” said Muzio. “We must now be eager for the challenges that are now ahead of us.”

Muzio and others also referenced one of the very tough challenges the class faced, which was the loss of a close friend. Alexa Crosby passed away during high school, forcing the students to band together as a unit. On graduation day, they held a moment of silence, and later presented Crosby’s mother, Tina Rocca, with Crosby’s diploma. Rocca received a standing ovation, as she made the emotional acceptance on behalf of her daughter.

Valedictorian Mehta talked about some of the positive things her class has been through. She also discussed some of the unique talents possessed by the Class of 2011, which she said would probably result in a number of doctors, musicians and authors, among other things.

“We have a neat arrangement of very talented people,” said Mehta. “They have all affected yours lives in some way and will have helped shape who you will become in the future.”

Principal Donna Heyward broke from using the traditional podium and sported a small microphone, as she faced the class to address them. 

In her speech, class salutatorian Voisine recalled the many things she learned during her four years at Suffield High School, using the opportunity to poke a little fun at her classmates, and make some poignant reflections.

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