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‘Set your course by the stars...’

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.

WILTON — Forty-eight seniors from Wilton and Lyndeborough strode proudly across the stage in the high school’s gym Friday night during the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School’s graduation ceremony.

Principal Brian Bagley, addressing the graduates, urged them to challenge themselves as they headed into adult life. Quoting General Omar Bradley, Bagley told the seniors, “Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship,” telling them they should make a plan for their lives and stick to it.

During the traditional rose ceremony, seniors came down from the stage in small groups, plucking roses from the front of the stage and finding their parents, grandparents, siblings and close friends and sharing roses, hugs and a few tears and high fives.

In her speech, valedictorian Hannah Bailey recalled her apprehension when she joined the Class of 2014 as a new student. “When I got here, I made the discovery that at this school, having a new student was one of the most exciting events for a class of 50, and they were not about to ostracize me... I was welcomed into the WLC family and for that I am grateful.”

Bailey reminded her classmates that Wilton and Lyndeborough will always be home.

“This is where we come from and where the values we hold dear today have been instilled into us,” she said. “And for that I would like to thank the Wilton-Lyndeborough community for making these learning experiences possible, both in and out of school.... This is not an occasion for which to be gloomy. It may feel as though we are leaving something behind, but in reality we have so much ahead of us and will always have the opportunity to come back.”

Bailey concluded with her advice to the class.

“Now is the chance to start anew, and I hope that every person will take this opportunity to be who they want to be, without worrying about how other people will judge them. If you form your opinions or actions around what other people expect from you, you are not being true to yourself or showing your true nature. Do not be afraid to express yourself truthfully and become the person you strive to be.”

Class president Kim Edmunds said her class was both unique and talented.

“We are not your average high school students,” she said. “We are the next wave of artists, athletes, engineers, firemen, mechanics, nurses, lawyers and business people. We are the millenials, the kids who were one of the first generations to grow up in a completely technology-immersed world while still learning the Dewey decimal system and how to write in cursive.”

Edmunds went on to offer suggestions to her fellow graduates.

“Go out. Go to school. Travel. Take opportunities, whatever you choose to do with your future. But most importantly: Bring the change.”

The guest speaker at the ceremony, Dr. Joshua Cleland, had a similar message for the graduates.

Cleland, a graduate of the WLC Class of 1987 who went on to earn a doctorate of physical therapy and became a professor at Franklin Pierce University recalled fond memories of WLC, where he had a less than stellar academic record.

He described his early struggles with higher education and the difficulties he had until he discovered that he would really love to make physical therapy his career. Once he made a commitment, he said, things fell into place.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything,” Cleland said. “The past is history. Go forth and be a change agent. Make a difference in the world.”

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