Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School graduates 43

WILTON – In a strictly traditional ceremony, 43 seniors at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle/High School received their diplomas on Friday, June 15 in the school gym. They marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance” under floral arches carried by Juniors and led by Marshall Emma Krug.

The class motto is “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” and speakers elaborated on that theme.

Superintendent Bryan Lane said he wished the class “Hunger, a sense of hunger for success, to find something that means something to you, hunger for what is meaningful in life that gives you joy.”

Class President Jordan Chase recalled favorite memories, from the Junior Prom to the class trip to Washington, D.C.

Of their teachers, he said, “They have given us a chance to try new classes and ideas.”

Salutatorian Abby van Ham said of their graduation, “This isn’t the end of anything. It’s not the beginning of your life. This is a milestone. We’ve finished the 12 years of state-mandated education. Whatever you do, remember you are responsible for your own actions.”

She added, “I’m scared but I’m ready to test myself. Remember, the teachers have invested in you. You are not yet done growing. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Try it and you might be surprised by the results.”

Valedictorian Jacob Yurcak said, “We are what we have experienced together, our ups and downs. That has made us resilient in the face of hardships and we’ve accomplished a great deal – from surviving geometry class to (collectively) performing over 1100 hours of community service.”

Guest Speaker Kristin Schwab, a coach and substitute teacher, talked about the benefits of a small school, it’s sense of community, of knowing each other. “This is where your roots are,” she said. “These people helped create who you are, what you will take with you heading into your future. Some of you will go big, some will stay here, but remember, they are here for you.”

She added, “It’s OK to be scared. Go out and make an effort. Behind you are your memories, ahead of you are your dreams, and around you are your friends.”

The National Anthem was sung by the school’s Select Choir. The band and soloist Hadi Lancaric played “It’s Time,” as well as the recessional.

During the traditional rose ceremony, class members presented to flowers to parents and others.

Two longtime staff members, teacher Linda Cordeleone and Assistant Principal Susan Ballou, were recognized on their retirement.

Diplomas were presented by Lane, School Board member Matthew Ballou, Principal Brian Bagley, and Susan Ballou.

An informal reception was held outside the gym.