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Walking into their Future, 168 Graduate from Nipmuc

Students in the Nipmuc Class of 2012 watch their classmate David Byer give a solo performance of the song "Long Live," for which he received a standing ovation, during their graduation ceremony on June 1.

Nipmuc High School celebrated its 52nd Annual Commencement on June 1 with the graduation of 168 students from the Class of 2012. After a processional of the seniors into the gymnasium, Principal John Clements addressed the students and their families and friends who came to celebrate the milestone. "Congratulations for the young men and women you have become, and the impact you have made to our school," he said. Clements mentioned in his introduction that over $50,000 in local scholarship money and over $1.6 million in college and university scholarship money has been awarded to the class of 2012. He also congratulated the class Salutatorian Kelsey Elizabeth O'Hagan and Valedictorian Marissa Lynn Ng. "They are wonderful examples of the high expectations and soaring achievements of this class."

In a touching tribute to the memory of Jack Street, a Nipmuc High School senior and Upton resident who died in January, students wore a sticker with his picture on their graduation gowns during the ceremony. Street was also honored with a moment of silence before his uncle, Gary Murphy, accepted Street's diploma on behalf of their family.

Senior Class President Daniel Consigli took to the podium and spoke about his class' journey through their educational careers. "Through the good and the bad, we have stayed united....We are prepared and ready for whatever the world has in store for us," he said. He reminded his classmates of their "important" journey and ended by encouraging them to "cherish our past as we walk courageously into our future."

During the ceremony the High School Chorus sang What a Wonderful World, the Band played an Irish Tune from County Derry, and High School Senior David Byer sang a solo performance of the song Long Live, for which he received a standing ovation.

Speakers for the class of 2012 spoke on their journey through the years, and the importance of looking toward the future. Arianna Harris spoke about "Celebrating the Journey," and the importance of their class motto "Love the life you live, live the life you love" by Bob Marley. "The key to finding happiness is inside," said Harris. Joseph Roberto spoke about their past four years together as a class, and reminisced about the athletic accomplishments, art awards, drama presentations, and band and chorus competitions that the class has taken part in. "Our spirit has brought us these memorable moments," said Roberto. Michaela Bolotin's speech focused on the "full circle" the students have come in the past four years. "Follow your heart and remember your past as you build toward the future," she said.

Before the presentation of the diplomas, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Maruszczak told the graduating students to "continue to do all of the things that got you here today: set clear goals, give your best effort, and study hard; but don't forget to dream, and dream big."

The diplomas were presented to the students by School Committee Chairperson Kathleen Drennan at the end of the ceremony.

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