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Wilton-Lyndeborough students graduate having learned valuable lessons

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Above: WLC graduates participated in a rose ceremony, bringing flowers to their loved ones during commencement. Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough seniors celebrated high school graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Forty-four students processed on stage Friday night at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School, and 44 alumni marched off.

Few know the feeling of being in a class this small, where everybody knows every body, and relationships grow for 12 years. It was an emotional night, with the weight of the evening showing in the tear-filled eyes of the graduates, their parents and their teachers.

“Those of you who had 200 people in your class for four years, or maybe only two, or maybe all 12, did you really take the time to get to know every person?” class president Grace Wight said in her address. “WLC has always been a family school, where the teachers are like parents and our classmates are like siblings.”

Wight fulfilled her duties as class president Friday night despite being charged with negligent homicide after a motor vehicle crash last year.

When asked whether it was emotional for people who know her to see Wight on stage, Superintendent Bryan Lane said that graduation is an emotional time for everybody, and that no conversation took place regarding whether she should speak because her legal situation is not with the school district. Principal Brian Bagley said he would not comment.

With Wight leading the ceremonies, she spoke for her classmates, especially thanking the adults in the Wilton-Lyndeborough district for helping them get to this point.

“I want to thank all of the coaches for pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves and pushing us to succeed, and for picking us up when we fall, especially when we fall three times in one week after we tear our ACL,” she said.

Leading the class were salutatorian Johnathan Knowles and valedictorian Trey Carrier, who made his speech about how much he had learned over the years, beginning with the day he first played basketball.

“I tossed the ball straight up and air-balled it about 10 times, and my aunt walked over the help me, she took the ball and told me to aim for the square,” he started. The future collegiate player hoped his classmates could take a lesson from it, concluding, “Each day, you can grow closer to your main objective.” Carrier has committed to Wentworth for next year.

Among the highlights of the ceremony was the class’s celebration of their advisor, who had been with them since they were in eighth grade, English teacher Kathryn Morshed.

“None of us will ever forget you, you are in our lives forever, whether you like it or not,” Wight said. “Words cannot describe how much you have done for us.”

Morshed spoke later, remembering the kindness of the students and how far they have come.

“Learn to cook and do laundry,” she advised. She remembered reading the class’s first creative writing assignments and said that even they would tell you the pieces were not that good.