'Remember where you came from,' Mount Everett grads told

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LENOX — For Mount Everett Regional School class valedictorian Gwendolyn Carpenter, the campus on Berkshire School Road in Sheffield has been home almost her entire academic life. The top senior attended Undermountain Elementary School before entering the seventh- through 12th-grade Mount Everett side of the building.

"My grandfather was a member of the school committee, all of my uncles and aunts attended Mount Everett, my parents started dating in high school, and now they both work here. You could say I was destined to bleed blue and gold," Carpenter said, referring to the school colors.

During Saturday's commencement at Tanglewood, the high school basketball and softball standout for the Mount Everett Eagles illustrated the importance of the school to her 40 classmates by displaying two T-shirts: one read "Love blue, live gold," the other depicted a home plate.

As your round the bases of life, Carpenter told the Class of 2019, "Remember where you came from remember home plate."

Salutatorian Jaclyn Derwitsch urged the newest Eagles alumni to remember the memories and the people who helped shape their future.

"No matter how much or how little we have enjoyed our time here, each of us has built some sort of connection with the people around us," she said. "Take a moment today, after all the formalities and excitement, to say `Thank you."

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Principal Glenn Devoti has called Mount Everett home for the past 26 years of his educational career, but he, too, is graduating — to retirement this summer.

The 64-year-old Devoti's outlook for the graduates has changed from what he told his first senior class at Mount Everett nearly a quarter-century ago. He said the future was like seeing the headlight of a train speeding toward the graduates if they didn't work hard, something he no longer believes.

"It's not a locomotive ready to run you over, but the light of a bright dawn of a new day," he said.

Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto looked to several kindergarten students for insightful and humorous advice for the graduating class.

She asked the youngsters what life would be like for the graduates after high school, and she got some interesting responses.

"They get to be cops, robbers and firemen. You can buy all the toys you want. You can learn to be a grown-up," Regulbuto said, recalling the children's answers.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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