Fermi High School seniors embrace diversity and change together

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Enrico Fermi High School senior class president Abby Balint smiles for cameras after she gets her diploma at graduation on June 20. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.
Enrico Fermi High School senior class president Abby Balint smiles for cameras after she gets her diploma at graduation on June 20. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.

Graduation is a time of so many mixed feelings. There is the excitement of embarking on a new adventure, the sadness of saying goodbye to high school friends and staff, and maybe a little fear or uncertainty about what the future may hold. At Enrico Fermi High School, class president Abby Balint left the Class of 2013 with some words of wisdom to hold onto as they go forward.

“Life is too short to not take risks and be bold – the reward is usually worth it,” she said. Balint became a class officer this past year because she wanted an opportunity to use her voice to make a difference. Though she has always been an active member of the student senate, Balint said she enjoyed building closer relationships with her peers.

Taylor Dubreuil, class vice president for her second consecutive year, shared Balint's passion to contribute more to the class and be a leader. She felt her class had a close bond where everyone felt supported by their peers.

Teacher of the Year Brendan Walsh explained the school's goal over the last year to improve school spirit. He noted the senior class had responded differently than other classes by participating in that change, rather than being reluctant to do so. “They should be commended for, at the end of their high school career, embracing, accepting and realizing these ideas and changes we are trying to implement were for their betterment and the future of the school as well,” said Walsh.

The best part about the senior class, according to Balint, is its diversity, not only in terms of background, but also the variety of talents the students contributed. “From an outstanding award-winning marching band, to amazing artists, and kids trying to make it as rappers, we really have it all,” she said.

One of Balint's favorite memories was the blood drive. It gave her and her friends a rewarding feeling knowing they were helping others and giving back to the community. She said she feels especially fortunate and grateful for her family, who has always supported her and provided her with morals to lead a successful life.

A memory Dubreuil could not forget was the rainy senior picnic at High Meadow and the fact that students still made an effort to have fun. Another part of high school she will hold in her memory are the teachers. Three of them impacted her the most this year: Johna Merritt, Bill Schultz and Kevin Pomerleau. Dubreuil said they influenced her profoundly. She believed they went above and beyond their job.

“I don't know if I would be the same person I am graduating [today] if I had gone to another school,” said Dubreuil. “The teachers have really made such an impact in my life.”

Dubreuil will attend the University of Connecticut as a biology major on a pre-medical track toward pediatrics. Baliant plans to study communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst next year.

As Balint concluded her last four years of high school, she said the simplicity of life, spending time with friends and having fun is what she will miss most about being a high school student. “Although we maybe don't realize it every day, we really have it so good right now,” she said. “Life is about to get a lot more complicated, so I'm definitely not taking this time for granted.”

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