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Standing O for Conant’s military grads

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  • Conant High School graduates process into the Franklin Pierce Field House for Commencement on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School graduates process into the Franklin Pierce Field House for Commencement on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School graduate Gabriella Curran sings the National Anthem on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant Principal Pimentel addresses the graduating class on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School graduate Aaron Bresnick decorated his mortar board to say “Trust Me. I’m an Engineer”. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School graduates listen to guest speaker Andrew Card, president of Franklin Pierce University, at commencement on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School senior class president Katherine Belletete speaks at graduation at FPU on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School graduates are led into the FPU Field House for graduation by junior class officers on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School senior class treasurer thanks her advisors at graduation on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School salutatorian Lindsey Coolidge speaks at graduation on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School salutatorian Lindsey Coolidge speaks at graduation on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Conant High School valedictorian Shannon Bennett speaks at graduation. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

  • Classmates and guests rise to appluad Conant High School graduates who are headed to the military. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Four Conant High School graduates who have enlisted in the Army rise to be recognized at graduation on June 10, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 13, 2016

Eighty-eight Conant High School seniors will always remember walking across the stage at Franklin Pierce University’s field house on Friday for their high school graduation.

Still, the night’s most unforgettable moment came minutes earlier, when Vice Principal Richard Simoneau announced the seven graduates who are bound for the armed forces. The audience responded by giving Army enlistees Brett Champney, Javan Goddard, Garrett Maki and Cordell Wright and Marines enlistees David Collum, Kyle Dupuis and Tobias Dupluis (who are cousins) a standing ovation that lasted well over a minute. 

The moving moment happened after student speakers talked about trips to other countries and the careers they plan to pursue. Guest speaker Franklin Pierce University President Andrew Card spoke of being White House Chief of Staff on September 11, 2001. Valedictorian Shannon Bennett advocated environmentalism. 

The commencement demonstrated that for those 88 teens, graduation is about more than report cards and diplomas.

“In the blink of an eye, all of the experiences we had at Conant High School will just be memories,” class president Katherine Belletete said in her speech. 

Other student speakers included Belletete’s fellow class officers, who thanked teachers and even gave gifts to their advisors, and academic honorees Bennett and salutatorian Lindsey Coolidge.

Coolidge is pursuing a future career in translation because of the foreign language teachers who inspired her at Conant, and she thanked the people she met for welcoming her so warmly four years ago.

“The Conant community has left a mark on me,” she said. “For that, I will be forever grateful.”

Belletete summarized the feelings of her class with the end of her speach.

“Many of us thought this day would never come,” she said. “Best of luck, Conant class of 2016. I love you all.”

 

Brandon Latham can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or blatham@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @blathamMLT.