Litchfield Graduates the Class of 2005
by Doug Robinson
“Behind us lies the path of learning… ahead, the road to success” states the Campbell High School graduation program.
As the graduating seniors were led by the bagpiper into the Campbell High School gym, the standing room only audience rose to give respect and honor to the senior class of Campbell High School. Pomp and Circumstance was then repeatedly played until the entire class of approximately 100 seniors was properly seated. Emily Blackadar beautifully played the Star Spangle Banner on her trumpet and was appreciated with great applause.
Thomas Roye gave the welcoming remarks, giving thanks and acknowledgements to the staff, teachers, and most importantly the parents. Next, he thanked his classmates and he asked each student to give a rose (which had been placed on their chair) to that special person who had helped them the most through their school education.
Class essayist, Kate Westervelt, spoke about relationships. She drew upon the similarities of one’s breath with the new opportunities in life. “With each breath comes a new opportunity to learn, grow, and at becoming a better people…for the past four years, we have learned from each other”. Kate encouraged each student to continue to love, help, and give. “Never refuse to say I love you…enjoy every sunset, enjoy your family…continue to move forward, the best is about to come”
The yearbook dedication gave the honor to two Campbell High School teachers: Mr. Perreault and Mrs. Reilly. Humor and devotion were only a few of the many compliments used to describe these two excellent teachers by Melandy Hodge.
“Make connections where ever you go” was the advice of Emily Blackadar, Salutatorian. Emily spoke about various lessons she had learned from the class of 2005: “Find something wonderful in everyone, don’t prejudge…everyone has a good side; strive for your best; reputations mean nothing until you experience it yourself; stand up for what you believe…be tolerant; keep laughing and enjoy life”.
The graduating class of 2005 presented to the class of 2004 a beautiful granite bench. The bench is located outside the main entrance, near the flag pole. All students were encouraged to sit, relax, and enjoy this wonderful gift.
William Marston, interim principal was the guest speaker. Introduced as a teaching principal and a principal who is actively involved with all aspects of the school, Marston’s speech addressed the “fabric and contributions” of the students of Campbell High School. “The mantle of leadership” is not always an easy one,” states Marston. In his speech, he jokingly tells the seniors that the best advice he could give for the seniors was: “now is the best time to ask your parents for money “as they are full of pride for you. “Spirit of Place contributes to who we are and who we will become.” Marston says. He advised the seniors to know that special place which defines your special place of who you are and what you are.
William Towne, Valedictorian, emphasized that: “regardless of the past, the future is here. Your classmates are the future…the future is yours...you must make choices on how you are going to take control of the hours ahead and take every opportunity that comes to you.”
Relationships, connections, values, tolerance, and making the right choices were the theme of the Campbell High School class of 2005 graduation. In Towne’s speech, he best described the days ahead by saying: “Our education was made up of 35,000 hours to this point in time. Use the hours ahead to your best…rely on your gifts and talents to help you through the times ahead as we go off into the future together”.
Alvirne High School Class of 2005
by R. Rodgers
Take with you greatness and always remember that “Good enough isn’t good enough,” said Bryan Lane, Alvirne High School Principal at this year’s commencement held on June 18 at the Verizon Center in Manchester. The Class of 2005 will be Broncos forever just as all who have past before them will. They leave the comfort of small town closeness and familiar friendships to embark on a new life full of greatness.
After the Jr. ROTC Honor Guard posted the colors and the Alvirne Band played Pomp and Circumstance as the Class filed in to the full auditorium of waiting family and friends, Class President Ashley Libitz addressed her classmates with humor and admiration. “Reflect on the past and have hope for the future and always remember what your personal experiences have taught you most.” She “reflected” that through the past four years, “We have all made mistakes and we have been right there for each other.” Her “hope” for the future was to know that, “you are the captain of your own ship and no one’s feet are planted in cement, life is one big class room and learning does not stop here.” Her words were met with approval as her classmates applauded and cheered for her.
Alvirne had two Valedictorians this year and Sweta Vajjhala’s words echoed Libitz and her hopes for their future was also shared with the class. “Learning never ends, ‘if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for life’ and so it goes with learning,” said this articulate young woman. Class work was not the only thing that is learned in high school, “we learned how to win and how to lose, and the staff was always there to help us overcome any obstacle.” She also emphasized that learning never ends, “Take advantage of what our teachers have shared with us, be thoughtful, skilled, and articulate; learning is endless.” Shaunalynn M. Duffy poetically told her classmates to cherish each day and enjoy life.
The only scholarship awards that are given out at the graduation ceremony are: The Leonard Nase Scholarship, given to Hope Blanchette in the amount of $1,500. Shaunalynn Duffy received the Chester J. Steckevicz Award and Jessica Snay and Jessica Carrigg both received the Wilbur H. Palmer Vocational Award. In total Alvirne High graduates received $1,247,221 in scholarships this year. This was a milestone year for several teachers at Alvirne and Bryan Lane congratulated and thanked Peg Lavoie for her 37 years as a Social Studies teacher and Tom MacIntyre a 30 year Science veteran.
Chuck Gilbert Leaves a Tableau History at Alvirne
Chuck Gilbert has been the Resource Officer at Alvirne for quite a while now. He has mentored many young minds and set a lot of them on the right path. This year Chuck will retire from the Hudson Police force and leave all “his kids” behind. One of the most memorable and powerful legacies he leaves behind is Tableau. Five years ago Chuck organized and revised an old tradition at Alvirne.
In the early 1960’s when Chuck attended Alvirne he was a part of the Tableau Team and his love and dedication to the tradition revived this still life art form. This year’s performance included a salute to military, a dedication to the World Champion Boston Red Sox and the three time Superbowl winners, New England Patriots.
Officer Gilbert leaves behind big shoes to fill as the High School Resource Officer. In September Jason Downey will step into those shoes and continue with his vision. One of skills, articulateness, and thoughtfulness that have become staples in the Alvirne community.
Library Street School Community Outreach Program
Submitted by Lisa Ferentino
It all started as an assignment in Ms. Leach’s fourth grade class. The assignment was to write an essay on what caring meant to the students. One student, Megan Ferentino, wrote how she was thankful to be taking care of Goldie, a golden retriever puppy. This dog belonged to a 12 year old boy, Brian, who had spent the last five months at Children’s Hospital in Boston with Huntington’s disease. Megan also wrote how this child’s mother is a single parent and unable to work due to the child’s unstable medical condition. She wrote that this meant no Christmas tree or presents at Christmas. She was thankful to be helping with the dog.
Ms. Leach seized this opportunity to teach her class something beyond reading, writing, and math. This is how it all began. Ms. Leach, through fun activities was teaching her class about sharing and caring for others. This fourth grade class was eager to begin. This class organized a school wide fundraiser to help this family. Soon there were cans of food, food for the animals, Christmas presents, gift cards, and even two turkeys for the holiday dinner. Along with the boxes of wonderful items the class made items to decorate his room and cards from all of them. As the school year progressed the children continued to write to Brian on a regular basis. Brian wanted to meet all of the students who wrote to him. One day Brian, his mother, and his Nurses Aide, Sandy, went to Library Street School to meet the students. The bonds they formed that day were awesome.
Soon the class developed a bi-weekly joke book for Brian called “Brian’s comedy relief team”. The children dressed in costume to act out a joke for Brian. Pictures were taken and mailed to him. Brian looked forward to these; he loved them and the letters that came with them. As the school year comes to an end Brian wanted to see the class again to thank them and give them something in return. A day was picked and a pizza party was enjoyed by all.
As Ms. Leach’s class ends this school year parents are thankful for a lot of things. Their children have passed their academic portion of the school year. In addition, thanks to Ms. Leach, the children have also learned about caring and sharing for others less fortunate. Friendships were made and smiles were brought to faces that earlier was sadness. To Ms. Leach, all of her students and the administration of Library Street School, thanks you. You have brought laughter and good fortune to a child and his mother that would have not been possible without you!
Litchfield Students Support the American Diabetes Association
May was devoted to Service Learning as part of the character education program at Griffin Memorial School (GMS). In order to give children the opportunity to participate in a service learning experience, the school held a Walk-A-Thon on May 27 to support the American Diabetes Association. GMS raised $8,400 for this organization. Children in grades 1 - 4 participated by walking laps, around our playground and parking lot. A representative from the American Diabetes Association, Stephanie Raveling, applauded the school’s efforts, saying that the kids “did a really great job.”
Carolyn Perrault, from the St. Joseph Hospital Diabetes Education Clinic, and Sue Seabrook, GMS school nurse, spoke at an assembly for students at the beginning of the month to kick-off Service Learning month. The children learned about diabetes and its effect on our school community. Several GMS students live with Type I Juvenile Diabetes.