Farewell Class of 2019! We Will Miss You!

On  Saturday, June 8, 2019, on a picture perfect morning in an ideal setting on the Perley Field, 100 talented, smart and close knit members of the Class of 2019 proudly graduated from GMHS before their family and friends.  It could not have been a better day and the ceremony was a wonderful tribute to this great group of students who were culminating their public school careers and getting ready to venture into their next step in life, whether that be college, the military and/or the world of work.

This was the first year with new principal Dan Richards at the helm and he made a couple of changes to the ceremony which I really enjoyed. The most obvious was that the graduates’ names were read by the officers of class as they were presented with their diplomas rather than one of the Assistant Principals. The students took this responsibility very seriously and did an excellent job! This was a change that illustrates the commitment that Mr. Richards has made all year to working with the students and urging them to take on leadership roles within their school.

The valedictorian was Alyssa Geata and the salutatorian was Emma Thompson. Both of these young ladies worked very hard throughout their high school careers but they were successful in more than academics. Both of them were very active in clubs and activities, and sports as well as devoted many hours to community service. They are all around wonderful people and they have a very bright future ahead of them!  All of the student speeches were outstanding.  In addition to Alyssa and Emma, Class President Ethan Block gave a motivational speech and encouraged his classmates to stand up and make a difference.

Graduation is my favorite day every year because it signifies the successful completion of years of hard work and also represents a wonderful beginning and fresh start for each member of the class. I had the pleasure to address them and connected it to the recent trip to Disney that I took this spring with the band and chorus. This class is one I will truly miss and to use a Disney reference, ” I hope all of their dreams come true.” Best wishes Class of 2019!

Check out the article in the Georgetown Record and my comments if you are interested.