Mascenic

‘Remember you have people rooting for you’

  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • David Martyn and Edmond Silver of New Ipswich walk in step during their graduation ceremony on Friday in the Mascenic Regional High School gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Valedictorial Makenna L. Harris and Salutatorian Cory M. Tapply stand solemn as their class finishes marching to "Pomp and Circumstance."
  • Chelsea Zichella of New Ipswich beams during her graduation ceremony.
  • Nicole Sharpe of New Ipswich has a laugh during the address of her class co-presidents.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mariah Somero of New Ipswich wipes a tear during graduation.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Edmond Silver of New Ipswich greets his family with appreciation flowers during a ceremony at Mascenic's graduation.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Mascenic Regional High School Students received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony on Friday night in the school gymnasium.
  • Kayla Owen. left, and Heather Paradise of New Ipswich listen to their Valedictorian address.
  • Valedictorian Makenna Harris gives her address to the class of 2014.
  • Nicole Sharpe, left, and Kristen Johnson of New Ipswich get a chuckle out of their Valedictorian's address.
  • Kaylee Bertram of New Ipswich listens to the Valedictorian address.
  • Kaylee Bertram of New Ipswich listens to the Valedictorian address.
  • Salutatorian Cory Tapply gives his address to the class of 2014.
  • Chelsea Zichella and Cari Crowley get a little emotional after presenting friends and family with flowers during an appreciation ceremony during their graduation.
  • Ariana Holmes of New Ipswich presents her family with flowers during an appreciation ceremony.
  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative seniors graduated on Friday night.

NEW IPSWICH — It’s that time for every graduating senior to answer that all-pervasive question that sneaks in around the edges as summer and the end of their high school career draws closer: What’s next?

Is it the workforce? It is for Mariah Somero, 18, of New Ipswich, who will be pursuing a career as a photographer — one she’s already started in high school in taking portraiture shots and photographing a few weddings as part of her business, Open Exposure.

Or is on to more school? Cory Tapply of New Ipswich, for example, plans study computer science at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Or is it a mix of the two, as it will be for Valedictorian Makenna Harris of New Ipswich? Harris deferred her acceptance to the Maine College of Art for a year to gain some real-world experience, and hopes to spend her interim year working with a graphic designer.

Or is it joining the armed forces? Gage Valasquez has decided to join the Marine Corps.

Well, as Harris said to her class of 82 fellow graduating seniors in her valedictorian speech, “I was trying so hard to think of some kind of guidance and reflection, and it wasn’t until a few days ago at class night, and I’m watching all of the pictures on the screen of our good times together, that I realized you don’t need me to stand up here like a human fortune cookie and tell you to stay positive.

“It doesn’t matter what any of you do,” she continued. “You could be nurses or mechanics or soldiers or architects or a hot air balloon pilot, for all I care. I think that if each of you can go through each day and at the end, honestly say that you had at least one reason to laugh or to smile, then you have succeeded, right there. So, I think we’re going to be OK.”

The graduation was highlighted by an appreciation ceremony, where, before receiving their diplomas, turning their tassels and tossing their caps, the graduating seniors took a moment to present flowers to family members and loved ones who have supported them through their journeys. The experience left more than a few of both parents and soon-to-be graduates teary eyed, but soon, it was time to dry tears and take the last steps as high schoolers and into the world of adults.

Before walking down the aisle for the ceremony, Somero said that the ending of her time at Mascenic Regional High School was a bittersweet one. “It’s mixed emotions. I’m really excited to be done, but I think I’m really going to miss this place and everyone in my class. We’re just a big family, so it’s going to be hard to leave them. Our senior trip was the best, because we bonded as a class, and it was a really awesome experience.”

During her shared speech with Class Co-President Jessica Jamer, Somero and Jamer thanked their teachers and parents, and reminded their classmates of some of the more essential lessons imparted to them by some of their teachers, which, while they may have been taught in the classroom, were not strictly academic: Reward yourselves — it need not be with a Toblerone bar, the pair said, although they also hinted it might be preferable — act with integrity, do what you love with passion, and act with compassion were among some of the choice lessons mentioned.

“We have done great things with our class, but now it is time to do great things as individuals,” said Somero during the speech. “And if you ever get lost or lose your way, please remember you have people rooting for you.”

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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