Thirty-seven students graduate at Parish Hill High School

Thirty-seven students graduate at Parish Hill High School

By Kitty LeShay

On Friday, June 18, Board of Education Chair George Askew conferred 37 diplomas to the 2010 graduates of Regional District 11, which serves the Chaplin, Hampton and Scotland communities. The ceremony took place at Parish Hill High School.

The commencement exercises included a bit of traditional formality, but also had a big emphasis on the familiar. Darcy Rose, a graduate, set the tone in her welcoming address, when she said, “Gentleman, you may remove your jackets.”

The warmth and affection the members of the school community have for each other was evident in the evening’s events. Cafeteria Director Linda Grindle received the “EVA Award” – short for “extraordinary valuable asset” – for her commitment to serving healthy meals and knowing the dietary preferences of each person in the PHHS community.

The traditional “Passing of the Torch of Knowledge” was passed from three members of the Class of 2010 to three incoming seventh-graders. Students gave roses to the people who influenced their lives, and Principal Joseph Fleming shared gifts with the Class of 2010. The class gave Fleming a t-shirt with his image and his favorite sayings, along with a framed picture of the shirt, which will hang in the school. He gave each graduate a t-shirt which said, “I love the Class of 2010.”

Salutatorian Christopher Brouillette quoted Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” and he advised students to pick a path and persevere. Valedictorian Peter Rodriquez told students that good character is determined by what you do when no one is looking, and that if you want people to think highly of you, you must think highly of yourself.

Commencement speaker and PHHS teacher Nina Jeannotte spoke of the powerful emotions of fear and love, and encouraged students to make their decisions based on love.

Before students dispersed to attend parties or post-graduation events, they said goodbye to their teachers – who stood in two lines to give hugs and shake hands – before joining their friends and family. Most will be heading to college in the fall, some to the military and others to work.

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