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Milford High School Graduates Reminded of the Power of Caring

The Milford High School Class of 2014 received their diplomas on June 1, a beautiful, sunny late spring day. The 266 graduates were congratulated for the achievements and encouraged to use their gifts and abilities to build successful lives and help others. Harry Platcow photo

With full pomp and circumstance befitting the occasion, Milford High School celebrated the graduation of 266 members of the Class of 2014 on the afternoon of June 1. Under bright sun and clear blue skies, the senior class processed onto the athletic fields in red and white caps and gowns, while family and friends cheered from the bleachers.

After the singing of the "National Anthem", which was conducted by senior Lewis Diaz and sung by the Milford High School Choirs, Class of 2014 President Taylor White opened the ceremony thanking the administration and their class advisors, and congratulating her fellow classmates. "Everyone who is sitting on their field today has made some sort of personal sacrifice to get to this point," she said. White went on to speak about how the Class of 2014 faced many challenges during their high school career, but each time rose to the occasion. "Even against insurmountable odds, know that you will succeed, because you already have....As you move forward in life, take with you the lessons you have learned, the large and the small, and remember that even when things seem impossible, there is no reason why you shouldn't succeed," said White.

Class of 2014 Salutatorian Katie Dam reminded her fellow graduates that their diversity and versatility as a class is something they should be proud of. Dam assured her classmates that although they will find people along the way that don't believe in them, they should know they are destined for greatness. "Here's the thing; you don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great," she said. "We are all full of so much potential, and once we harness that, our capabilities are limitless. So just remember, no matter what happens now or in the future, greatness awaits."

After a choral interlude of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Class of 2014 Valedictorian Peter Bae took to the podium and encouraged his fellow seniors to go forward in their lives with the ability to care for others. Using a wealth of humor during his speech, Bae spoke about his love of Superheroes, and some of the important life lessons that you can learn from watching them. "When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a superhero so badly....But as I have grown older, I realized that what makes these people heroes, what really sets them apart and allows them to do great things, is not something that normal people lack, like super powers, or a tight spandex bodysuit," Bae joked. "It is something that all of us here today have as well - this thing beating in our chest, the human heart; or to be more accurate, the ability to care about others."

Bae gave examples of how his classmates were true "Superhero's," showing how the power of caring can change life for the better. "The point of saying all of this is to remind you all to be the superheroes I have known you to be. Realize that you have the incredible power of caring when no one else cares," he said. Bae ended his speech instructing the Class of 2014 to "Get out there and save the world!"

School Committee Chairperson Scott Harrison offered words of encouragement to the graduating class and Milford High School Principal Carolyn Banach concluded the speeches by thanking the teachers, counselors, and teaching assistants for their devotion and support of the graduates. She encouraged the students to continue to value their relationships, trust their intuition, take chances, listen to the voice that challenges them, be judicious about what they post on the Internet, and more. "It's a lifetime journey so I suggest to you that you live consciously in the moment, appreciate each other, enjoy the confusion and the chaos; it's part of life. Be fearless and seize challenges as missed opportunities are often not forgotten," she said.

Harrison then presented the diploma to the seniors before the traditional tossing of the caps and recession of the graduates off of the field.


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