WLHS 2010 look to their futures

WLHS 2010 look to their futures

By Jennifer Coe - Staff Writer

As dark clouds amassed over the heads of the hundreds of family members and friends who came out to watch the Windsor Locks High School class of 2010 graduate, the students processed to the field and took their places.

Retiring Supt. Gregory Little spent a few moments to say goodbye to his last graduating class. "A few words of encouragement," he said. "Try to keep it simple... Don’t forget to say ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘thank you’ often...always give yourselves choices and options," he urged.

And the clouds began to clear away. The keynote speaker for the evening was well-liked teacher, Michelle Knowe. She encouraged the grads to "take chances and embrace change." Salutatorian Courtney Araujo, who will be pursuing an actuarial science degree at Bryant University, said to her peers, "Be simple, not simplistic." Valedictorian Alyssa Oddo, who is planning on going to Northeastern to pursue a degree in mathematics, got up to speak and joked, "God knows I can’t be funny," but she was, as she referred to funny bits of advice teachers have made along the way. "If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else," she said.

The class, which graduated more than 130 students, is a diverse group, with many going on to further their educations, but also many pursuing military careers. Some schools that the students plan on attending include Norwich University, University of Colorado, Emmanuel College, UCONN, University of New Haven and Quinnipiac. Many have chosen a field to pursue. They include: criminal justice, nutrition, teaching and biochemistry.

And then, the sunshine actually started shining down on the students, as Interim Principal Sharon Cournoyer presented the class to receive their diplomas. One-by-one, they walked a short ramp and took in hand their key to the future. Good luck class of 2010!


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