Photo Gallery | 2016 St. Joseph Central High School Graduation
PITTSFIELD — Valedictorian Edouard Tremblay was proud to follow in the foot steps of his paternal grandmother on Sunday afternoon at St. Joseph's Church.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute bound young man bid farewell to St. Joseph Central High School just as Anne Tremblay did as the school's valedictorian 65 years ago.
"I know I could never be as good as my grandmother," he said in an Eagle interview prior to the Class of 2016 commencement ceremony.
Mrs. Tremblay, whose all six children attended St. Joseph, believes her alma mater has her grandson ready for college and beyond.
"I think he is very well prepared to go out in the real world," she said.
Edouard also readied his 33 classmates for the real world by reminding them that collectively and metaphorically they are an orange.
He illustrated his point by peeling back and removing a section of the orange, reminding the newest St. Joseph alumni they have acted as one.
"Every single person has been an integral part of the Class of 2016. You have given this class the identity it needs. No matter who you are, ladies and gentlemen, you are all part of something greater," he said.
Tremblay's orange analogy was inspired by his senior thesis based on the novel "A Clockwork Orange" which, in part, deals with societal conformity.
"Don't become some sort of mechanical, clockwork person who does the will of others just because society tells you to," he said.
Salutatorian Elizabeth Bean called on the Class of 2016 to make lasting footprints in future endeavors, just as they did during their high school days.
"Remember those footprints from your high school journey. You will all make many more wherever you go," she said. "Your footprints will leave lasting memories."
The latest St. Joseph graduates also embark on a new journey filled with hope, according to the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.
Rozanski finds people with hope uplift the others in a room.
"A person with hope takes in a wider perspective [of life,]" he said. "Taking on the bigger picture allows us to live with hope."
Hope aside, the graduates pursuing higher education have a good financial head start. School officials report 91 percent of the 34 students have received a total of $1,165,350 in college scholarships and awards.
Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233.