Campbell High Class of 2018

June 22, 2018

 

by Laurie Jasper

The Campbell High School Class of 2018 graduated on Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m. With the sun brightly shining and temperatures in the 70s, it was a picture-perfect evening for the outdoor ceremony. A member of the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums led the procession of graduates from the high school to the field while playing the bagpipes, a graduation tradition.

As the soon-to-be graduates (ladies in red and gentlemen in black caps and gowns) entered the field, Campbell High School Band played “Pomp and Circumstance.” The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Class Vice President Mary Kuezkowski, followed by a beautiful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Jacob Stanley Butler.

Class Secretary Lindsay Hobbs welcomed everyone to the ceremony. “Through all of our accomplishments, awards, art shows, state championships, we had an unbelievable community of people behind us (our family, friends, teachers, and coaches) all pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves,” Hobbs said. Hobbs then asked each senior to remove the white carnation from under his/her seat and deliver it to the person who had the biggest impact on their life, another annual tradition at Campbell.

Senior Madelyn Trevains and junior Abigail Gray announced the 2018 yearbook dedication in honor of Dr. Andrea Ange, who died of cancer on Jan. 6, 2018. Ange had been Campbell High’s Library Media Specialist since 2007 and was well-loved by her students.

Class Essayist Cleo Schultz gave a humorous and heartfelt speech, reminiscing about pep rallies, the football state championship, robotics team, music performances and volunteer and fundraising efforts for various causes. Schultz then thanked her 18-foot-long, eight-passenger Chevy Express van for transporting her faithfully, stating it was a lesson of humility, patience and money management. “I have realized that my van is more than just four wheels to take me from point A to point B, but a metaphor. In our lives, we should all aspire to be massive gray vans, full of character, indestructible, wearing our scratches and bumps proudly. If we fail inspection, we repair ourselves and persist, never giving up as we barrel down the highway of life,” Schultz said.

Salutatorian Brianna Perry also shared school memories, including some “insider” thoughts that made her fellow students laugh. Perry said, “Being successful is beyond grades and a number label. If you want your life to begin, it must start with friends to motivate you, people to look up to, and dreams to fulfill.” Perry presented a monetary gift from the Class of 2018 to 2019 Class President Jeffrey Allen to help fulfill the late Dr. Ange’s dream to turn the media lab into a creative learning center.

Student council co-presidents Molly McKenna and James Scafidi each offered reflections before introducing guest speaker David Gingras. Scafidi explained the Campbell custom of senior projects, but said that this year the seniors chose to change practices and together raised over $15,000 for various charities. “Here at Campbell, we are represented by traditions that have been in place for many years,” Scafidi said, while noting that their class didn’t always follow convention. This was the first year the seniors were given permission to decorate their mortarboards for the event. McKenna introduced social studies teacher David Gingras as a “genuine guy and role model with a heart of gold.” “As a history teacher, I fervently hope that you will learn from the lessons of the past,” Gingras began. He encouraged the graduates to be curious and open-minded.

Matthew True’s valedictory speech advised his classmates to always know their motivations and to remember the phrase, “just start.” “Nelson Mandela said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done. So just start,’” shared True. “Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning. You may think of graduation as a ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of it in another way, too. Think of it as your ticket to change the world,” concluded True.

Before the class marshals and ushers guided each row of students toward the stage for the distribution of diplomas, Principal William Lonergan certified to the school board that the students had fulfilled all graduation requirements.

In Class President Jarrod MacDonald’s farewell remarks, he assured his classmates they are one class and one family. “We lose being with each other, but we will never lose having each other,” MacDonald said. “You’re such an amazing, diverse, and talented group of students and I see nothing but success ahead of you. Best of luck through the rest of your journeys, and congratulations. We did it.”