Weston High School seniors wrapped up their high school careers Thursday evening at the school's 40th annual graduation. The 207 graduates received their diplomas under a tent between the middle school and the high school.
Class President Danny Goldberg spokes about the events that helped shape him and his classmates, from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Obama's election to Pokemon cards, SpongeBob and field day.
"As we moved past those days and into the world of adulthood, it wasn't just the climactic, serious moments in life that I think helped define who we are as individuals and as a class today," he said. "We have all come to learn that in life, there are moments where we also should learn to laugh at ourselves every now and then and appreciate the little things in life. Those are the kinds of moments that we won't forget."
Valedictorian Jessica Welsh remembered the times she and her classmates shared. "We are connected as a class through common experiences: riding the school bus on the first day of kindergarten, struggling through the braces of middle school, cheering ourselves hoarse at the pep rallies of high school ... over time we have developed a lasting bond as we have matured emotionally and intellectually into the young men and women we are today," she said.
Principal Lisa R. Wolak presented the class to their families and friends, and members of the student council read the names as graduates received their diplomas from Philip Schaefer, chair of the Board of Education, and Jerome Belair, the Superintendent of Schools.
Cara Mackler, Danny Goldberg and Alex Brown performed John Mayer's "Stop This Train" and senior Colleen Crowley performed with local jazz star Chris Coogan. Salvatore LaRusso directed the Concert Band.
Social Studies teacher William Moeder, the father of 14-year-old twins entering high school in the fall, spoke from a parent's perspective. "Four years from now, Class of 2010, I'll be sitting in the audience just like your parents are now, watching my kids graduate from high school. If they turn out as well as you guys have, I'll be very proud."
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