Emotional send-off at Bolton High

Emotional send-off at Bolton High

By Rachel Hill

Bolton High School’s Class of 2010 embraced change with open arms on June 18, as students participated in commencement exercises, embarking on a new chapter in their lives.

Students were given helpful advice to follow as they leave the nest, but lots of students had advice of their own, either for incoming freshman or other graduates as they set out to chart their own course in college and the work force.

In the midst of all the pomp and circumstance, students had time before the ceremony to reminisce about their four years at Bolton High School and, for many, 12 years together as a class. Brian Moske said he will remember everyone and everything at BHS because it is one of the smaller schools in the area. He advised, “Make the most out of every single moment.”

Amy Hartzog also said that a good rule of thumb is to work hard right away upon entering high school, because the time goes quickly. Brandon Lowrey delivered the senior address, stating that, “Our time is dwindling… be a light that can shine in any room.”

Class salutatorian Samantha Nystrom commented about the friendliness of the faculty and described BHS as “a unique and influential place to grow over four years, one in which ‘real-world’ skills… drive us to succeed.”

BHS valedictorian Caitlin O’Connor addressed her class by focusing on the concept of change, quoting Robert F. Kennedy and stating in her own words, “The world is shifting faster than we can blink… [it] is awaiting our courage, our change. ”

In a tradition specific to Bolton High School, family members who had attended BHS presented graduates with their diplomas. Theresa Buckson, mother of graduate Carolyn Buckson, said, “It’s an emotional, but happy, day. The years go by so fast. Bolton High allowed my daughter to mature and develop her abilities in a nurturing environment.”

The top five students in the Class of 2010 at Bolton High School are: Valedictorian Caitlin O’Connor, the class treasurer, swimmer and accomplished musician; Salutatorian Samantha Nystrom, the class secretary who has received over a dozen academic awards; Alison Caless, John Dayton and Amy Hartzog.


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