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Nipmuc Graduates Encouraged to Follow Their Own Paths

With smiles or looks of contemplation, members of the Nipmuc Regional High School Class of 2014 prepare to receive their diplomas at the 54th Annual Commencement Exercises held in the

school on May 30. Harry Platcow photo

Dressed in green and white gowns and carrying or wearing yellow roses, 179 students walked into Nipmuc High School Gymnasium and two hours later left as high school graduates. Nipmuc High's 54th commencement ceremonies took place on the evening of May 30 with hundreds of family, friends, and school officials in attendance.

Following the processional of the soon to be graduates and the National Anthem, Principal John Clements spoke to the class of 2014 and noted their achievements over the last year stating 66 percent of the class completed at least one AP course and in total, the group received $2.4 million worth of scholarships. Clements also encouraged the group to look ahead to the future and told the audience the graduates are "ready to take on the next chapter of their lives."

Class president Emily Wojtowicz also gave a warm welcome to the audience and thanked all those who sustained the graduates through their years at Nipmuc. "You supported us when we participated in our countless sports games, dance recitals, music concerts and plays. You gave us the push we needed to succeed. You helped us back to our feet when we fell. You brought us back to understanding when we were confused. We are who we are today because of you. It is only right that we celebrate this day together."

Class Salutatorian Laura Ng's speech titled On Trail Blazing: Embracing the Unknown quoted the class's motto written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ng encouraged her fellow classmates to follow their own journeys in life. "Emerson is merely telling us to follow our own paths; trail blazing will happen as it will. Do not limit yourself by what you do and do not need to know," she said. "Embrace the unknowns of your future and allow them to become stepping stones in the path you make of your life."

Class Secretary Robert Aziz told his classmates they will become "a generation of leaders and innovators" and Emily Kossuth stated through all the trials and tribulations of their 13 years of schooling the one constant that got them through was "we knew we were loved."

Music from Nipmuc High students was also a big part of the ceremonies. The High School Chorus, led by Director Ann Marie Tremblay, sang 100 Years, the Nipmuc High School Band, led by Director Michael Morel, played Towards a New Horizon, and High School Senior Arianna Bonito sang I Was Here and received a standing ovation.

Last to speak was Superintendant Dr. Joseph Maruszczak who gave the students some interesting facts about their future to ponder. He told the class of 2014 that many of them will be in the work force for more than 40 years of their lives and will hold at least 11 jobs over that time. As a result, he told them to "commit to being a lifelong learner."

From there, each student eagerly walked across the stage to accept his or her diploma as attendees cheered on their great accomplishment. And with that, 179 graduates walked out of the gymnasium and into their exciting new futures.


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