Wahconah graduates look to the future

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DALTON — While the goals that members of the Wahconah graduating class of 2016 may be lofty, Valedictorian Catherine May on Sunday urged her classmates to reach for them.

"I want you all to be successful," she said. "I want you all to be leaders and have fun."

A total of 121 seniors matriculated from the high school on Sunday afternoon in the Wahconah gymnasium. More than 550 friends, relatives, lowerclassmen and school officials looked on.

In her valedictory address, May lamented that many of her classmates "wished for tomorrow, instead of enjoying today."

She urged them to consider adopting the philosophy of the movie character Ferris Bueller in the 1986 film, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

"Life moves pretty fast," she said, quoting the movie's most famous line. "If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

May conceded that the generation in which she and her classmates are members are "expected to solve the world's problems."

She noted that she and her classmates were, for four years, "tethered to Wahconah," a situation that is no longer true. But, she said, they are now tethered to each other.

"Do not limit yourselves," she concluded.

Salutatorian Natasha Beauchesne traced the path of the class of 2016 from their freshmen to their senior year in her address.

"Wahconah means different things to different people," she explained.

By their junior years, it was difficult to see exactly how all the disparate threads of their lives would finally come together at graduation, said Beauchesne.

But with graduation, she said, "we have each written our own story and it's time to close this book."

She pointed out, however, that each of her classmates will begin another story, another book about their lives.

Class president Isabella Sears welcomed the members of her class to begin the proceedings.

She reminded them to "slow down," to "keep people close and remind them that they are important to you."

She also urged her classmates to "know and respect the generations that came before you."

Musical selections included "Pomp and Circumstance" and"The Star Spangled Banner" by the Wahconah Regional High School band and composer Sam Tsui's "I'll Think of You" by the Wahconah choir.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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