WLC Class of 2019 urged to “remember life doesn’t occur in a vacuum”

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School said goodbye to 32 seniors on Friday night as part of the annual graduation festivities. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School valedictorian Shane Partridge speaks during graduation Friday night. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School said goodbye to 32 seniors on Friday night as part of the annual graduation festivities. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School said goodbye to 32 seniors on Friday night as part of the annual graduation festivities. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School said goodbye to 32 seniors on Friday night as part of the annual graduation festivities. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Cody Tetreault shows off his diploma during WLC’s graduation on Friday. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School said goodbye to 32 seniors on Friday night as part of the annual graduation festivities. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/8/2019 9:46:45 AM

It was fitting that Marc Belanger addressed the Wilton-Lyndeborough class of 2019 at Friday’s graduation ceremonies.

The seniors had already presented this year’s guest speaker with a class gift for all he had done for them over the last four years – including help plan their prom.

This year’s graduates are the first class that Belanger, who is about to finish his fourth year as a government and economics teacher, has seen go through from wide-eyed freshman to a group that is about to embark on the next step of life’s journey. His first year coincided with their entry in to high school and with such a small class, it was apparent how deep the connection he had with the 32 graduates.

Belanger mentioned many of them by name, mostly in a joking fashion, as he delivered his message – how nothing in life is ever certain. Ten years earlier, it was Belanger who was sitting at his high school graduation. He went on to college to become a teacher and when a job opened up at the middle school where he did his student teaching – and went as a student – Belanger said he walked in expecting the job to be offered to him right there. It wasn’t and never was.

“I thought I was the best candidate in the state,”Belanger said. “My own ego was making me blind to my flaws.”

It took 13 months to get a teaching job, on the third time he applied at WLC, and wanted the students to know that things don’t always work out how you expect.

“I advise you to always be able to remember that life doesn’t occur in a vacuum,” Belanger said.

Valedictorian Shane Partridge told his fellow graduates to carry three things with them: resiliency, dedication and integrity.

He urged them to “attempt to answer the unanswerable question of what is possible.”

Partridge thanked the teachers he had for the last four years on behalf of his classmates because it was their wisdom and guidance that helped them all get to this point.

“We will forever remember and be thankful of your role in our lives,” he said.

Partridge talked of different groups that are created during life and how each one helps shape who you are.

“What I have felt as a member of WLC the most is pride, a greater pride than any other group,” Partridge said.

And he’ll never forget the impact the school has had on his life.

“Years from now, I will be able to look back at my years at WLC as the ones that shaped my character,” he said.

For salutatorian Lexi Balam, softball is a huge part of her life. She spoke of her dream to play the sport in college and how her quest taught her to give everything she had to achieve it.

“Do what you love and do it with passion,” Balam said.

She showed confidence in her classmates, urging them to make a difference.

“Everyone of you has the ability to impact the world,” she said.

Class president Emma Krug talked about how high school has provided some of the happiest moments and most stressful times. Soon their journeys will all begin a new chapter in new places, but Krug reminded the other 31 seniors how this is a special group.

“I could not ask for a better group of classmates,” she said.


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