Norwich Tech ‘family’ says goodbye

Norwich Tech ‘family’ says goodbye

By Karen Butera

Ninety-three students graduated in Norwich Technical High School’s Class of 2010 on June 15. With much pride, family members and friends listened as the principal, Dr. Nikitoula Menounos, welcomed the graduates and their guests. “You have something that no one else has – a diploma from Norwich Tech,” she said. “Tonight, we are celebrating success… Create your own opportunities. Be true to yourself.”

Class salutatorian Cathleen White studied pre-electrical engineering and electronic shop. She will be attending Three Rivers Community College, and then plans to go on to Eastern to become a science teacher. White is also in the National Honor Society and served on the student council. “She is very conscientious and dedicated,” said Menounos.

As a student of Norwich Tech, White considers herself part of a family, and she thanked the school for enhancing her knowledge through the high expectations of the staff. “Good luck on all your future endeavors,” White said to the graduates.

Valedictorian Jennifer Grillo thanked her family, friends and staff. “We couldn’t have been successful in the work force without your help during our journey through these years,” she said. As a health tech student, she is currently employed, working with patients. “There is value being with my patients when there is no one else to be there with them,” Grillo said.

After the opening comments, the graduates were ready to receive their diplomas, and class-by-class, one-by-one, they walked on stage to accept them.

“It is a good class, and many are going on to further their education in their field of study,” said Menounos. “Many students stand out, such as valedictorian Jennifer Grillo, who is a health technology student going for her Bachelor’s of Science in nursing. The students have performed many hours of community service and have served in school leadership roles,” she said.

Graduate Adam Miller said, “I am going to miss it. It is a weird feeling. I don’t have to get up tomorrow morning.” After receiving their diplomas, all of the students gathered in the cafeteria to share hugs, memories and well-wishes.

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