Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Windham High School graduates 228 - By Michelle Libby

Last Sunday, 228 students from the class of 2014 graduated from Windham High School. The ceremony was held at the Cumberland County Civic Center for the first time since it was renovated and re-opened.
The guest speaker was Karen Petcher, a math teacher at WHS and one of the class advisors. Her daughter Alexandria was on stage as a graduate. 

The first graduate to speak was salutatorian Sarah Eastman, followed by Johanna Stanley, Laura McKenna, Lauren Doering and finally, class valedictorian Brad Meader. 

“Making yourself happy and making others happy is really what life is all about, not money, authority, or physical possessions,” he said. “Second of all, we all need to remember to chase what we want with everything we’ve got, holding nothing back. It’s better to take a huge risk and have it fall through than to keep your feeling of security and spend your life wondering about what could have been.” 

After those words, Meader took a self-proclaimed big risk and performed a song he wrote for his classmates. 
The audience of over 1,000 people gave him a standing ovation for his original, stick-in-your-head song.
Diplomas were given to graduates by WHS principal Christopher Howell. RSU14 School Board chair Marge Govoni presented a diploma to her granddaughter Alexandra Farinella, and board member Dawn Perkins presented a diploma to her son Dillon Perkins.

Class marshals were graduates Brenna Ryder and Matt Scala. 

The class was made up of many individuals, who as class president Sam Frank said, came together over the last year to become the class of 2014.

Before the graduation ceremony, the class held an awards night where over $50,000 in scholarship money was given away and class day, where the graduates dressed up in costumes depicting what profession they wanted to be in when they were five.  

Many of the students concluded their high school experience with a Project Graduation trip to Adventure Bound for hiking and white water rafting.

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