Bolton High School Class of 2013: 'We're one big group'
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
When the Class of 2013 gathered together one last time at Bolton High School for commencement on Friday, June 21, there was no denying that the class was a tight-knit group. This was certainly the sentiment expressed by the class valedictorian Samantha Rosicke.
“Our class is very close. Everyone knows everyone. That’s typical in Bolton, but in our class, I feel that’s especially true,” said Rosicke. “There aren’t any cliques. We’re one big group.”
Rosicke is heading to UConn, where she will be on the pre-med track to becoming a pediatrician. At BHS, she was a member of Envirothon, where she was captain for the past two years, the French Club and the Latin Club. She was also in the French and Latin Honor Societies, as well as the National Honor Society, where she was president this past year. She also volunteered at the Writing Center and Math Center, helping to tutor other students, and also volunteered with the Bigs and Littles Program. At Bolton Center School, she started a violin group, which later became the String Ensemble. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Governor's Scholar, Bausch and Lomb Science Award, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
She leaves BHS with many memories. She recalls two very moving experiences: the Names Assemblies that took place her freshman and sophomore year. These events gave students who were struggling with bullying a chance to step in front of their class and voice their problems. During the emotional events, students who had bullied others stood up and apologized. Rosicke also remembers the class trip to Block Island, and has fond memories of spending time with classmates on the bus ride.
Addressing her class at commencement, she highlighted the friendships forged among the Class of 2013 and asked her classmates to build similarly-close communities in the next chapter of their lives. “My advice to you all is not to simply go out and 'seek your fortunes.' Rather, it is to meet new people and create a new sense of community with them,” she said. “Friends like the ones you’ve made at Bolton High School are going to be hard to find. Therefore, Class of 2013, it’s your job to make sure that the people you meet and the experiences you have add up to an incredible story - one that began in Bolton High School but transforms into something even more wonderful: a bigger Bolton.”
Rosicke's good friend, Caitlin Eaton-Robb, is the class salutatorian. Eaton-Robb is also heading to UConn, where she plans on studying bio-medical engineering, and then move on to medical school to prepare to be either a doctor or a medical researcher. During her time at BHS, she was a member of the drama club and ran on the cross-country team. She was a volunteer for the Bigs and Littles Program and the Writing Center and Math Center. She participated in both the Social Justice Club and Donut Club, and was secretary of both this past year. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, she has been the president of the Columbia Leos Club and is a coach for the North East Youth Hockey Association, teaching children on the “Ice Dogs” team. She has received the Excellence in Community Service Award and the Bolton Achiever Award for her participation in Bolton History Day. She was also a first-place winner in the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Eaton-Robb considers her class a very unique one. “We have some big personalities,” she said with a laugh. Examples that come to mind include Justin Clavet, who is determined to work for Disney, and Jason Maulucci, who wants to be a senator. She also notes that her class has the distinction of being the only class that spent a full year at both the old, pre-construction high school and the new facility.
Some of her favorite school memories are of the times when teachers would allow student-led conversations, which made for some interesting and passionate discussions.
When she took the podium to speak to her class, she admitted that the normal phrases you hear at graduation, “follow your own path” and “do what makes you happy” and the like, irk her. “Success can’t be summed up in a neat little sentence or quantified by some genius long dead. We each have our own paths ahead of us, regardless if they’re the ones we planned or not. And they’re going to be complicated, and they’re going to be bumpy, but they’re going to be yours,” she said. “So I won't tell you to go out and 'be great' or go out and 'just be you,' because I don’t need to. All I’m saying is 'just go.'”