CHS Graduates Ready to Embark on Life’s Next Big Adventure

June 17, 2016


by Kaylee Murphy

Last Friday the Campbell High School Class of 2016 moved their tassels.  It was a beautiful Friday evening when the 134 students crossed the stage in front of many proud family and friends who had crowded onto the field to witness the milestone.  All the speeches that were given were personable and intimate.  Principal Laurie Rothhaus, teary eyed throughout some of the ceremony, gave out many hugs as this is her last graduation ceremony at Campbell High School.

The graduates walked through three pergolas; each was labeled with a word.  The first two they passed through to get to their seats were labeled ‘respect’ and then ‘responsibility.’  The third one they traversed before going on stage to receive their diplomas was ‘character.’

During one part of the ceremony students delivered a white carnation to a loved one or to a person who had a great influence and impact on their lives.  Some tears of joy were seen as family members felt pride in what their graduate had accomplished, while others expressed tears of sorrow in realization that their graduate had grown up and may soon be leaving the nest.  Mostly the carnations went to family members, but some students gave the flower to a favorite teacher.

Campbell High School is clearly a close-knit community and a highly regarded public high school in New Hampshire and in the country.  In 2014, Campbell ranked 142 out of the 500 top high schools in the U.S according to Newsweek.  In 2016, Campbell ranked 32nd for best public schools in New Hampshire, according to Niche.

Many Campbell graduates were accepted into colleges and universities all over the country.  Additionally, a few students decided to join the Marine Corps, one is going to become a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Ministry, one is joining the Northern Cyclones Junior Hockey Club, and the rest have decided to join the workforce.

Class Essayist Nicole Snyder stressed the importance of remembering the people who impacted your life and how walking across the stage will change it.  “Take a moment and be still,” she said.  She spoke of Campbell as her crazy dysfunctional family but she wouldn’t change a thing, “Your family never truly leaves you,” she said.

Guest speaker Chip Cloutier, athletic trainer at Campbell, gave an emotional and charismatic speech.  He said many brilliant and funny things.  The best one went something like this:  “The roadway of life is full of flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”  He said he looked forward to coming to Campbell after his morning job every day.  He enjoyed being happily greeted by the students and will miss all of the students that will be leaving.

Valedictorian Evan Mun’s speech was powerful and touching, with a bit of humor.  He talked about everything from the universe to commenting on why the U.S couldn’t find a legitimate presidential candidate.  He said that everyone in the Campbell High School community has impacted each other in ways they may not even know yet.

As the ceremony came to a close and all the students received their diplomas, many threw balloons, streamers, and other objects into the air in celebration of their great achievement.