East Granby High School grads show sense of humor among accomplishments
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
East Granby - posted Fri., Jun. 28, 2013
East Granby High School's Class of 2013 shows that while they've learned plenty in high school, they have also learned to take life with a sense of humor.
The commencement exercises on June 27 began with a video shot, starring and edited by the outgoing seniors, that spoofed “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” as the seniors are caught skipping school, but quickly alert each other that the staff is onto them, and find ways to sneak back into class.
Principal David Peling told the graduates that they are now under some pressure to choose their life's path. “My single piece of advice to you is to relax a little bit, and enjoy the process,” Peling said. “The process itself of discovering one's true self is more important than achieving the final goal. Don't stress too much about what you want to be when you grow up. That will happen when you are ready. Instead, embrace this process and journey of self discovery.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Mahoney urged the grads to value all people, rather than judge anyone as less than human. “Devaluing humankind can also affect well-being and longevity,” she said. “[However] if one consistently ascribes a high value to humankind, one will develop a new mindset that nurtures virtues, personal qualities and attributes such as kindness, goodness, gentleness, thoughtfulness, forbearance, empathy, sense of responsibility, sound judgment, integrity and moral excellence.”
Class president Alana Bouchard said the class has grown close and has developed many strong memories. “I wish happiness and success to my fellow classmates, whether they decide to pursue their career in education, join the labor force, or join the armed forces,” she said.
Salutatorian Noah Fersch joked that he was so nervous about making a speech that he considered tanking some grades to move his class rank to #3, and then added that there are two things that will ensure success for the graduates. “The first of these is hard work,” he said. “There is not much in life that you can fail at if you work hard. I believe this applies to any path you decide to take. The second is to make smart decisions. The temptations that you may face in college could make it difficult to study on Thursday night for a Friday morning exam. If you choose wisely, you are in a better position for success.”
Valedictorian Rebecca Jun highlighted some of the class's accomplishments, including successful pep rallies, drama productions, band concerts and parades, and successes of the school's math leagues, as well as the graduates' numerous scholarships.
“Not only did we complete these tasks, we took on these duties with passion and great enthusiasm,” she said. “It is no accident or coincidence that our remarkable pursuits have been achieved.”
Jun said that East Granby has prepared them well, and there are many opportunities waiting. “Our class's capacity for superstardom and prosperity is tremendous,” she said.