Monday June 11, 2012

LENOX -- High School Salutatorian Chris topher Bravo posited on Sunday that, as members of the Class of 2012 enter the real world, they are faced with the double-edged sword of universal connectivity.

On one hand, he explained, this connectivity has linked him and his classmates to people in other parts of the world.

On the other, Bravo said, this connectivity "also serves to isolate us and give us a false sense of anonymity. Social media is not a unifying factor. ... How can we have more than 1,000 ‘friends' on Facebook and still be afraid to speak out?

"These relationships," he said, "become more complex in an interrelated world."

Bravo's remarks came during the high school's commencement exercises held at Tan glewood. About 350 people attended the event, in which 46 members of the senior class were awarded their diplomas.

Bravo told his classmates and the audience that it was important to "have an awareness of the importance of connectivity," adding that "we have the power to redefine how social interactions occur."

Salutatorian Lindsay Moran, after welcoming the members of the audience to Sunday's event, explained that "after today, our perspectives will shift. We've always looked up. After today, we will look out. We will out to our supporters, and look out at the world."

Moran added that the perspectives of the Class of 2012 "have widened as we have passed through school. As we approached high school, we began to look beyond the boundaries or our community."
But, said Moran, "we cannot abandon our past, we must acknowledge the mistakes we have made" in order to move forward in the future.

Between the two speakers the school's a capella chorus sang their version of "Imagine" by John Lennon.

The afternoon had a Beatle-esque hue, as the second musical selection, presented after Bravo's speech, was "In My Life" a Beatles song written by Lennon and Paul MCartney.

That song was performed by Christopher Considine on acoustic guitar and Blake Poore on five-string bass. The duo then performed a second selection, "Arts and Crafts," the class song written several years ago by Considine and Poore.

School Committee Chairman Donald Fitzgerald presented the graduates with their diplomas.

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