Lyman Memorial sends off grads
Lyman Memorial sends off gradsBy Melanie Savage Staff Writer
Guests heading from the Lebanon Middle School parking lot were greeted by the crowing of a rooster, a fitting welcome to the graduation ceremony of Lyman Memorial High School, one of 19 schools throughout the state with a thriving agricultural program. Accepting diplomas at the June 14 ceremony were 126 students from Lebanon, Columbia, Hampton, and other surrounding towns. A large part of the ceremony was devoted to the bestowing of approximately $35,000 in awards and scholarships. Salutatorian Casey McCall and Honor Essayist Rachel Williams each took their turn at the podium.
Valedictorian Macy O’Hearn, who collected a fair portion of awards of her own, addressed her fellow graduates before the bestowing of diplomas. She talked about the process of deciding which college to attend. At first, she said, she was leaning toward a “rural, quiet town in Maryland.” Then, realizing how much this town resembled Lebanon, O’Hearn decided it was time to broaden her horizons. She chose the college in the town that felt less familiar to her.
“Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone,” she told the graduates, quoting poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
“Happy journey, Class of 2010,” said O’Hearn, “wherever your path may take you.”