Class of 2010 bids farewell to MHS
Class of 2010 bids farewell to MHSBy Wally Robinson
Manchester High School held its commencement exercises for the Class of 2010 at the Comcast Theater in Hartford before friends, family and well-wishers on June 21. Early arrivals were serenaded by the accomplished and enthusiastic MHS Jazz Ensemble, featuring vocalist Jacqueline Waltmeyer.
Once the class had filed in, the national anthem was sung by Sydney Smith and Lily Thrall. Principal Kevin O’Donnell then offered his greetings, saying, “This is a commencement, which is another word for a beginning. The future is very bright in the hands of the Class of 2010.”
Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Ouellette continued in the same vein, calling the 2010 students “one of the most outstanding classes ever to have graduated from Manchester High School. Education is a gift that one generation gives to the next. I’m proud to announce that 87 percent of the Class of 2010 will be going on to college.”
Board of Education Chair Margaret Hackett tossed a bouquet to the parents of the class: “This is THE day for you,” she said. “It means you’ve done your job successfully. I congratulate you.”
Manchester Deputy Mayor Leo Diana stressed to the class that one’s attitude is of paramount importance. “Life is 10 percent of what happens to you along the way, while 90 percent is the way in which you react to it. You can choose your attitude every day of your life,” he said.
Kevin Brophy was honored as the Teacher of the Year. Head of the Special Education Department and a math teacher, he has also served the school as a coach of football and track. He spoke of life’s lessons, among them learning to ask for help when it’s needed. “That’s ‘ask,’” he said with a smile, “not ‘axe.’”
Valedictorian Richika Makol urged her classmates to “take the time to thank those who made you who you are today,” and Class President Justis Lopez asked that they reflect on the last four years. “None of us are the same as we were back in 2006,” Lopez said.