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East Lyme grads prepare to step out into the world

By Amy Renczkowski

Publication: The Day

Published June 19. 2010 4:00AM
Abigail Pheiffer/The Day
Michael Babcock, center, an East Lyme High School graduate, high-fives a fellow graduate after they received their diplomas at the ceremony at the high school on Friday.
302 students receive diplomas

East Lyme - Senior Laureate Rose Carver used shoes to describe and talk about the Class of 2010 at East Lyme High School.

Shoes, she said, are her passion.

Carver told the 302 graduates wearing maroon-colored robes and mortarboards that they are all different shoes and personalities. Some are "classy, with a twist," like zebra pumps. But, they are all from the same store and the same class.

"Remember, while some of us may be a little beat up, and a little harder to walk in, for the past four years we've all walked together," Carver said. "And today, we're all walking the same path - a path that spills out of this tiny store and onto the streets of the world."

Senior Class President Rebecca Smith told her Viking classmates that they've done so much sitting together, that it's time to walk. She described sitting together on the playground, in the lunchroom and on the bus in elementary school. In middle school, she said they sat, girls on one side, and boys on the other side of the room during school dances.

During their four years at East Lyme High, they sat through Friday night football games, spirit week and school lunches.

"And now, we sit here today at our commencement ceremony," Smith said to the graduates seated in chairs on the football field.

But for all the sitting they've done, she said they actually stood for much more. As a class, she said they stand for their values, their aspirations, their accomplishments and their memories.

"So when you do hear your names called tonight to stand and walk to the stage, think of everything each of us individually have stood and will continue to stand for," Smith said.

The theme of change was what Principal Jeff Provost talked about to the graduates. He said during their four years at the high school, students have seen drastic changes in the administrative and teaching staffs. They've experienced three different principals, three different assistant superintendents and two superintendents.

"Now you are about to embark on the biggest change of your lives," Provost said. "You are prepared for the changes and opportunities that lie ahead of you. You will be the individuals making the changes in the future and I have all the confidence that you will lead us in a positive direction."

Superintendent James Lombardo provided the graduates with a joke, a little advice and a memorable story. He reminded them that success isn't just measured externally.

"As you head out today ... do well, be successful, make money, realize your dreams, certainly do all that," Lombardo said. "But just remember, in the end, none of that stuff will matter. None of that stuff will really be remembered by anyone."

"As you make your choices over time, choose in such a way that allows your drive for achievement to be balanced by an equal commitment to love and to play, to family, to friends and community," Lombardo said.

Several graduates were recognized with scholarships and special awards. Also making speeches were salutatorian Brianne Mireckin and valedictorian Gihan Hewage.

a.renczkowski@theday.com

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THE GRADUATES

Katlyn Michelle Addison, Colleen Marie Ahern, Philip Andre Albin, Jared Jonathan Allen, Zachary Robert Allen-Silvia, Rebecca Lauren Anderson, Kyle Spencer Anthony, Jeffrey Ray Arenson, Anthony Edward Arias, Andrew Peter Arnold, Kathleen Perry Asselin, Cody Michael Aylward, Michael Bruce Babcock, Shannen Marie Barnard, Anthony Todd Barrila, Katharine Chelsea Barrila, James Robert Barrows II, Kate Erin Beebe, Samantha Lynn Binaco, Adam Neil Bobrowski, Monica Rae Brodeur, Robert Paul Broga Jr., Sarah Lynn Brousseau, Danielle Elizabeth Brown, Everett Austin Brown, Joshua Alexander Brown, Michael Joseph Brunetti, Ainsley Catherine Bryce, Alexandra Muriel Buckingham, Bridget Marie Buckley, Heather Lynn Burdick, Jon Michael Burke, Mariah Ann Cafro, Timothy Lawrence Calcagni, William Evans Calkins II, Alexandra Marie Cameron, Benjamin Gerald Cancelmo III, Anna Margaret Carey, Ian Richard Carey, Michael Paul Carlson, Jacob James Carpenter, Benjamin Richard Carroll, Grace Marie Carver, Rose Elizabeth Carver, Alexis Mae Castelli, Brendan Anthony Cavanaugh, Isabelle Maria Celentano, Andrew Szuhong Chen, Karen Chen, Christine S. Choi, Alec Hiroshi Christian, Leah Carol Citron, Stephen Louis Clement, Ethan Avery Closius, Kelly Alice Connell, Jennifer Lucille Costanzo, Taylor Brooke Cyr, Brian Timothy Dagle, William Nicholas Dahm, Samik Das , Hayley Elisabeth Dawson, Ariel Katherine DeLaura, Jesse Trevor DeLucca, Joshua King DiGiovanna, Kevin Paul Dolan, Jeremy Matthew Dominijanni, Jordan Marie Doucette, Kellie Marie Dougherty, James Robert Douglas, Cole Andrew Dubord, Kelly Ann Duda, Joshua Michael Duerr, Chloe Larissa Duprey, Alex Matthew Duval, Tyler Matthew Egner, Max Ian Engel, Hayley Alexandra Engleberg, Lauren Elenore Ennis, Harry Louis Esposito, Torrin Olmstead Ewers, Taylor Marie Falvey, Melanie Katarina Feder, Michael Vincent Fiorillo, Chelsea Tian Fox, Heidi Lynn Freudenthal, Kevin Joseph Frisch, LaMar Jay Fullmer Jr., Diana Catherine Garofalo, James Michael Geary, Cameron Thomas Gebhard, Emily Rose Gentile, Kristina Katherine Georgian, Benjamin John Gibson, Alexander Gage Gilbertie, Alexandra Catherine Gildart, Moriah Jourdan Gildart, Dakotah Ann Gill, Matthew George Gilman, Matthew James Gionet, Tyler Dylan Glendenning, Alana Nicole Gonzalez, Maria Isabel Gregor, Jacob Timothy Grills, Caleb Tucker Gulovsen, Elias Faouzi Hage, Katherine Rose Hanley, Katherine Elizabeth Hansen, David Annelio Harper, Courtney Elizabeth Hart, Cameron James Hatch, Samantha Ann Haynes, Rose Cordelia Hebbel, Gihan Bhagye Hewage, Chad Alexander Hines, Chloe Carmel Hop, Daniel Benjamin Hornik, Chelsea Marina Horton, Nicole Alexandra Hubbs, Taylor Ann Hubbs, Alexander Main Jackson, Michael Shea Jacobs, Benjamin Darrell Jarnagin, Jessica Lynn Jerome, Jefferey Noel Jodoin, Tyler Kendrick Jones, Christopher Ryan Joy, Nathan Joseph Kastner, Natalie Grace Kazierad, Zachariah Christopher Kelley, Julie Christine Kenniston, Charlotte Vanderbilt Kenyon, Vasundara Khajuria, Tasmia Sara Khan, Mitchell James Kiah, HaSung Kim , Andrew David King, Annie Joy King, Jeffrey Daniel Knox, Morgan Stiles Konney, Jessica Elyse Kronberg, Melanie Alexandra Krotsis, Robert Andrew Langan, Kate Elizabeth Larkin, Elizabeth Marguerite LaRose, Antonio John Lecce, David Lei, Kristie Lynne Levanti, Amanda Barton Libby, Caitlyn Nicole Lightner, Rachel Marie Likar, Seth Richard Lindberg, Brittany Selina LoPriore, Gregory Thomas Lozano, Nathanie Angus Lyon, Nathan Josiah Maddux, Alison Lynn Madole, Kelsey Ann Maher, Daniel Mark Majchrzak, Nickolas James Marcelo, Kasie Jae Marchini, Michelle Heltzel Marto, William Walter Mather III, Jacob Robert Mauthe, Samuel Jacob Maxfield, Scott David Mayer, Adam Gilchrist McCaffery, Nicholas Allan McCormack, Jordano McCoy, Hillary Rose McCurdy, Kelson Ryan McDaniel, Brendan William McDermott, Emily Katherine McDonald, Chad Edson McDonnell, Brianna Rae McGlone, Maeve Shanion McHugh, Timothy Michael McKinney, *Elizabeth Ann McLoughlin, Morgan Kellie McShane, Kevin Miao , Stephanie Anne Miller, Brianne Courtney Mirecki, Zachary Evan Mongillo, Eric Andrew Morse, Matthew George 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Russo, Raquel Patricia Salas, Ross Dominic Sanfilippo, Victoria Rose Santoro, Nicole Allegra Schneider, Andrea Garland Seitz, Timothy Burton Shaw, Brooke Ann Sheridan, MacKenzie Alyse Sherman, Ryan Scott Shettles, Rex Huang Shiao, Carson Carpenter Shook, Nathan Russell Stephen Siebenthal, Heather Marie Siebert, Richard Deane Simpson, Michael John Sinko, Jared Wilhelm Siraco, Katherine Elizabeth Sisson, Spencer Whitney Sloane, Brandon James Smallidge, Christopher Michael Smith, Javahn Rashon Smith, Rebecca Ward Smith, Brent Daniel Snide, Dominique Aida Soldato, Andrew John Somps, Ross Dylan Spencer, Jacob Tyler Stanford, Jesse William Stirtan, Catherine Emily Stoddard, Katharine Ellen Stone, Nicholas Mario Strafaci, Kelsey Layne Subiono, Hilary Jean Sullivan, John Patrick Swaney, Manya Gabrielle Swick, Zachary Bruce Talar, Dustin William Taylor, Rebecca Leigh Teeter, Ashley Maria Tougas, Dana Marie Tricarico, Apryl Nicole Trout, Dylan Patrick Turner, Pranav Ubba , Taylor Margaret Unwin, Raymond Andrew Updyke, Danielle Nicole Valentini, William Craig Van Alsten, Winston Leonard Spencer Vargo, Gretchen Lee Volberg, Meagan Lauren Wadsworth, Alexander Ross Waites, Andrea Nicole Walens, Benjamin Lee Walker, Mitchell Fred Walker, Huayi Wang , Philip Nathan Waterman, Abigail Jacqueline Weiss, Jordan Malachi Wells, Derek Jacob Werner, Abigail Hart Weston, Emily Hart Weston, Evan James Whittaker, Brendan James Joseph Wilcox, Pascal Salvador Wilson-Ramirez, Alexander Michael Wrobel, Alexandra Marie Wuyke, Gabriella Marie Wuyke, Christine Elizabeth Wyatt, Jessica Marie Yuhas, Daniel Murphy Zack, Philip Evans Ziegler, Katherine Landry Ziskind, Asa Samual Zorn, Kelly Ann Zrenda, Sierra Rose Zrenda.

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