Mascenic Class of 2019 graduates start their next chapter

  • Mascenic class president Lainey Somero and vice president Lauren Sikkila embrace in a cloud of confetti at the conclusion of Friday’s graduation ceremony.  Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/8/2019 12:47:27 PM

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

So said Mascenic senior class treasurer Ashley Jewell as she spoke to close out Friday night’s Class of 2019 graduation ceremony. After taking moment to thank family, friends and teachers on behalf of the 68 graduating seniors,  Jewell reflected on the challenge of letting go, of moving on, of starting a new chapter.

“Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learned in high school is that home is not a place – home is people,” Jewell said. “So here’s to being brave and saying goodbye to all we’ve ever known. It doesn’t matter what I say today at this podium. What matters is the memories we have made, the friendships we have built together.”

Jewell concluded with an appropriate quote from Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.

“How lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

With that, the graduation ceremony concluded, tassels were moved from one mortarboard edge to the other, and the caps were thrown in the air with a burst of confetti and applause.

Earlier in the evening, UMass-Amherst-bound valedictorian Kylie Bane reflected on her time as a Viking. Bane pushed herself, academically and athletically, during her four years, whether or not anyone was watching.

“I’ve learned the value of hard work,” Bane said. “No one else appreciates how much effort you’ve put in, and they likely don’t believe you when you try to express it. But that doesn’t matter – you’ve got your success to show for it.”

Bane echoed the slogan from the back of one of her old Mascenic cross-country t-shirts: “Work in silence, let success make the noise.”

After giving praise to the glory of God for allowing him his academic success, salutatorian Elisha Pyhala said despite the long hours he put in doing homework to keep his grades high, in the end, it was the people who mattered, not the test scores and A grades. Pyhala plans to attend Washington State University, but even far away on the opposite coast, he’ll always be a Viking at heart.

“What I’m going to take away from my time at Mascenic are the memories and friendships that I’ve created with the people I’ve grown to care so much about, and I hope my classmates do the same.”

To see all the photos from the graduation, see the photo gallery here: http://ledgertranscript.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2238848&CategoryID=48776&ListSubAlbums=0

Below is a list of Class of 2019 graduates and their postgraduate plans.

Shannon Agonis, Roger Williams University

Anthony Andronaco, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kylie Bane (Valedictorian), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ethan Bilodeau, Workforce

Olivia Boland, Workforce

Britany Boulerice, Nova Southeastern University

Samantha Brooks, Rivier University

Dawson Brownell, Workfore

Braelyn Case, University of New Haven

Dwayne Case, Workforce

Reuben Chalke, Workforce

Caralynn Charron, New England College

Anthony Corvini, Workforce

Mahala Damery, Keuka College

Matthew Farrell, University of New Hampshire

Brandon Firicano, Plymouth State University

Joshua Gammel, Plymouth State University

Tyra Gibson, Workforce

Olivia Gilbride, University of Massachusetts Boston

Jacob Goodrich, University of New Hampshire

Jessica Hillock, Workforce

Sherrill Hiott IV, Fitchburg State University

Chelsea Holombo, Workforce

Ashley Jewell, Keene State College

Ashley Kandoll, Workforce

Treyton Ketola, Workforce

Owen Krook, Nashua Community College

Madison Labrie, Franklin Pierce University

Julie Lamarre, Becker College

Cole Lambert, United States Navy

Kolby Lampinen, Workforce

Jonathan Larouche, United States Army

Paige Lewis, New Hampshire Technical Institute

Nathan Long, University of New Hampshire

Robert McLain, United States Marine Corps

Patrick Miller, University of Hartford

Olivia Mitchell-Jenna, Rivier University

Joseph Movsessian, Workforce

Mallorie Nantel, Rivier University

Madison Pare, Michael’s School of Hair Design & Esthetics

Elisha Pyhala (Salutatorian), Washington State University

Megan Robichaud, University of New Hampshire

Cierra Rowe, Mount Wachusett Community College

Kyra Salo, Workforce

David Salvatore, Franklin Pierce University

Brianna Santana, Nashua Community College

Havanna Sikkila, Workforce

Lauren Sikkila, Workforce

Justin Smith, Southern New Hampshire University

Heath Somero, Workforce

Lainey Somero, Workforce

Amber Stafford, Mount Wachusett Community College

Kevin Swieca, Nashua Community College

Logan Thibault, University of New Hampshire

Juliana Tucci, Michael’s School of Hair Design & Esthetics

Grace Tucker, Syracuse University

Samuel Tucker, Manchester Community College

Mikayla Turilli, Workforce

Brett Vaillancourt, Nashua Community College

Jeremy Vento, Nashua Community College

Maurice Vivas, Nashua Community College

Grace Walden, Continuing Education

Isabella Walden, University of New Hampshire

Alexander Watkins, Workforce

Kyle Webber, Workforce

Colby Worcester, Workforce

Madison Wright, Workforce

Jacob Zina, Workforce




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