RHAM High School Class of 2013 a diverse group

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
RHAM valedictorian Colin Howard (left) and salutatorian Andrew Breckel prepare for their graduation ceremony in the middle school cafeteria on June 18. Photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM valedictorian Colin Howard (left) and salutatorian Andrew Breckel prepare for their graduation ceremony in the middle school cafeteria on June 18. Photos by Melanie Savage.

As RHAM High School seniors Victoria Dwyer, Patrick Madore and Josh LeMay sat together in the middle school cafeteria, preparing for their Class of 2013 commencement, they reflected on their graduating class. “We’re definitely an interesting group,” said LeMay.

“There are a lot of different personality types,” said Dwyer, throwing out a list reminiscent of the 1980s-era classic high school film, “The Breakfast Club” - jocks, the popular kids, the people who don’t care much about grades, the people who do. Many of their classmates planned to attend college directly after graduation, according to the trio. Some planned to join the military. Some, like Madore, planned to work for a while and then join the military (Madore said he eventually plans to enlist in the National Guard). LeMay and Dwyer are off to college in the fall — Dwyer to study elementary education, LeMay to study mechanical engineering.

“I guess you could say we’re a fun group,” said Dwyer, indicating the can of silly string she planned to smuggle into the commencement ceremony under her gown. “We like to have fun.”

Among the students in the RHAM High School graduating Class of 2013 who placed more emphasis upon the importance of academics were valedictorian Colin Howard and salutatorian Andrew Breckel. Breckel has been a member of the Math Team, the Leos Club and the National Honor Society. He played for the varsity tennis team and participated in Future Problem Solvers. He plans to attend Boston College in the fall, where he will study math and accounting.

Howard is a member of the National Honor Society, participated on the Math Team, the Model U.N., and Mock Trial. He is the Philosophy Society president, and treasurer of the local Leos Club. Howard plans to attend Columbia University in the fall, where he will study math and computer science.

Addressing his classmates during the commencement ceremony, Howard acknowledged his status as a "math nerd." He echoed Dwyer in emphasizing the diversity of the interests of his fellow graduates. Howard ended his speech with the Vulcan salute made famous by the “Star Trek” television series. “Live long and prosper,” he said.


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