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Encouraged to Stay the Course, Stay True to Themselves, 229 Students Graduate from Milford High Scho

Surrounded by family, friends, teachers and administrators, the Milford High School Class of 2016 was encouraged to "stay the course," even when life is challenging during the 166th commencement ceremony on June 5.

For a second year in a row due to inclement weather, the ceremonies were held inside in the gymnasium, which was packed to capacity to celebrate the graduation of 229 MHS seniors.

The commencement kicked-off with the traditional singing of the National Anthem, which was sung by the Milford High School Choirs and conducted by senior Lindsay Baron.

Class of 2016 Salutatorian Margaret Gehm greeted the guests, and thanked all of the friends, family, teachers, class advisors and administrators for their help and guidance. "You have been instrumental in our education," she said. "You encouraged us to challenge the conventional wisdom and search for our own answers."

To her classmates, Gehm encouraged them to remember the "infinite amount of opportunities" that their diploma will afford them.

"Classmates, there is no doubt in my mind that you all have the potential to succeed and make your own impact in the world," she said.

Class President Alexandra Autenzio also sent out a call for her classmates to continue with the "legacy" they began at Milford High School. "I challenge you to look for ways to make a positive impact in the lives around you," she said.

After another performance by the MHS Chorus, Valedictorian Samantha Pelletier took to the stage, offering thanks to the teachers and administrators that guided them through the years.

"Without their dedication to us and to our futures, none of us would be here today," she said.

Pelletier put forth a challenge of her own to her classmates as they move forward in their future endeavors. "It's okay to occasionally stop and think about yourselves and what you want to do with your lives," she said. "This is your life and when making important decisions, think about that you are passionate about."

Milford High School Principal Carolyn Banach encouraged the graduates to "stay the course," even when life becomes challenging. "There are times you are going to have to persevere with all your might," she said.

Banach remarked that the Class of 2016 was filled with a great energy that contributed to a positive school culture.

"Your compelling legacy and spirit will continue to resonate long after you are gone," said Banach.

"We love you, we will miss you, and in the words of Dr. Seuss 'You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go...'," she concluded.

The diplomas were then presented to the students by School Committee Chairperson Michael Walsh before they recessed out of the gymnasium as graduates of the Milford High School Class of 2016.



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