Class of 2010 'small but determined'

Class of 2010 'small but determined'

By Jennifer Coe - Staff Writer

A graduating class, even small for East Granby High School standards, said goodbye to their alma mater last Wednesday evening in the high school gymnasium. The 46 students were clad in white and purple and gathered in the gymnasium prior to walking down to see their parents and family members.

Valedictorian for the class of 2010 is Megan Dempsey. Dempsey used song lyrics from past and present to recall memories of her class. She felt that all members of the class were music appreciators in some way. She plans on attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Salutatorian for the class of 2010 is Kristen Watterlond. Watterlond and Dempsey also happen to best friends. She discussed certainty vs. uncertainty in her speech and encouraged her classmates to grasp at new opportunities. She will be attending Brown University in the fall.

"As a class, the class of 2010 has been a small but academic, determined, conscientious and dedicated group of 22 males and 24 females who are eager to graduate and explore the future," said Guidance Director Steve Matson. "They have enjoyed positive relationships with the faculty and staff of East Granby High School, and they will be missed."

"They are more like brothers and sisters," said class advisor Sarah Carney, who has been working with the class for several years. "Students have been accepted at some rigorous colleges in New England and throughout the northeast, mid-Atlantic, midwest and southern states," said Matson. The list is impressive, with students planning on attending Bates, Wheaton, WPI and Brown. Ninety-three percent of the graduates will be continuing their educations at two- and four-year colleges or universities.

As the evening progressed, retiring Principal Leonard Strauss spoke through obviously emotional feelings. Strauss began when this class entered kindergarten in 1997. Several musical presentations were offered including a solo by graduating senior Indrek Walker during "You Raise Me Up."

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