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At Hanover, ‘Go and Choose Your Own Path’

  • Catherine Collison uses her tassle to describe her appearance after cutting her own hair as a child during her address to her Hanover High School classmates at commencement Friday, June 13, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Catherine Collison uses her tassle to describe her appearance after cutting her own hair as a child during her address to her Hanover High School classmates at commencement Friday, June 13, 2014.
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  • Hanover High School classmates, from left, Natalia Callaghan, of Norwich, Marina Barry, of Hanover, and Natalie Cady, of Hanover, relax while waiting for commencement ceremonies to begin in Hanover, N.H. Friday, June 13, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Hanover High School classmates, from left, Natalia Callaghan, of Norwich, Marina Barry, of Hanover, and Natalie Cady, of Hanover, relax while waiting for commencement ceremonies to begin in Hanover, N.H. Friday, June 13, 2014.
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  • Lillian Seibert, her hands adorned with henna, holds her name card and a dog bone before the commencement ceremonies at Hanover High School Friday, June 13, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Lillian Seibert, her hands adorned with henna, holds her name card and a dog bone before the commencement ceremonies at Hanover High School Friday, June 13, 2014.
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  • Catherine Collison uses her tassle to describe her appearance after cutting her own hair as a child during her address to her Hanover High School classmates at commencement Friday, June 13, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Hanover High School classmates, from left, Natalia Callaghan, of Norwich, Marina Barry, of Hanover, and Natalie Cady, of Hanover, relax while waiting for commencement ceremonies to begin in Hanover, N.H. Friday, June 13, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Lillian Seibert, her hands adorned with henna, holds her name card and a dog bone before the commencement ceremonies at Hanover High School Friday, June 13, 2014.<br/>(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

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Hanover — Two Labradoodle pups, making their debut as honorary guests, shared the limelight with 182 seniors at Hanover High School’s 126th graduation ceremony Friday night.

Dewey, a chocolate five-month-old male, and his companion, Lucky, a 10-week-old female, are the school’s therapy dogs. They joined the faculty this year to provide succor for students suffering stress and anxiety.

There was no evidence of angst on Friday night, however. An overflow crowd in the school gym hooted, hollered, applauded and took endless photos of the graduates, boys decked out in maroon gowns, girls in white.

Elizabeth “B” Sachsse of Norwich orchestrated the 90-minute event with the aplomb of a multi-prize-winning student bound for Williams College next year.

Hanover seniors elect all speakers at commencement. The valedictorian was tennis star Camille Hankel of Norwich, who received eight awards, including Phi Beta Kappa. She will attend Georgetown University this fall. Jeffrey Li was the other Phi Beta Kappa recipient. All awards were given on Thursday afternoon in the gym.

Catherine Collison, of Hanover, gave the graduation address, a mostly humorous disquisition on the importance of doing nothing.

She also suggested that the “best part about graduating from high school is that you’re done with high school. And that means that you can go ahead and choose your own path. ... Let those choices be inspired, not dictated, by the best people you’ve met in your life, even those choices that end up being mistakes.”

Social studies teacher Matt Prince, of Piermont, a 1991 Hanover graduate, was the guest speaker. He related the trajectory of his life after high school, traveling and teaching abroad, meeting his wife and adopting a son. The lesson from his experience, he said, is that “seemingly insignificant decisions have led to unexpected and wonderful outcomes. ... Keep your eyes open to what’s around you and know that who you are and what you want will likely change.”

Most of the class of 2014 will go on to college, several to Dartmouth, including soccer star Daniel Hazlett, an Ethiopian orphan who was adopted by a Hanover family.

Others are pursuing different paths. Fifteen graduates plan to take gap years. Andrew Madden, of Hanover, has an internship with the BMW auto company in Munich, which he said he applied for “on the web. It didn’t hurt that my mother is from Germany and I speak German.”

Darby Phillips, of Hanover, is heading for Costa Rica to work on a turtle conservation project. Dwight Langford, who moved to Hanover from Ohio to live with his grandmother and attend the high school, plans to work in construction and on automobiles. He received a special financial award Thursday from Archie Gilchrist, a three-sport athlete who graduated from Hanover in 1971. Gilchrist was an inner-city student with the ABC (A Better Chance) program from Jersey City, N.J., who now lives in California, where he recently retired from a senior position in social work. The award was made in honor of Fred and Trudy Daley of Hanover, who were Gilchrist’s host parents when he attended Hanover.

In a farewell address, Matthew Stebenne of Hartland, confessed that he is indifferent to the idea of therapy dogs.

“I would much prefer to see a therapy cat roaming the halls,” he said. “Nothing makes you feel better after failing a chemistry test than having an annoyed feline hiss at the teacher and then proceed to vomit all over their desk.”

He plans to study international affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

class of 2014

Sarah Aalvik, University of Norway; Emily Wells Acker; Tulane University; Aparna V Alavilli, Carnegie Mellon University; Megan Alberigi, Northern Essex Community College; Erich Alberta, Keene State College; Henry Anthony-DuScheid, Franklin & Marshall College; Jude T. Arbogast, Bucknell University; Rupert A. Barraclough, UVM; Isabella A Barrington, Connecticut College; Marina E. Barry; Plymouth State; Chelsea F. Becker; Cathleen Margaret Beliveau, Whitman College; Sara Xu Lian Birenbaum, Brandeis University; Jack Martinez Boffa, Stanford University; Rachel C. Boghosian, Gettysburg College; Jack Boillotat, Curry College; Andrea R. Boitnott, Bates College; Emma Shepard Bippart Butler, Barnard College; Alexander Walter Tapley Bynum, Carleton College; Signe Paige Caddell-Wood; Tucker L. Cadow, UVM; Natalie F. Cady, Dynamy Program; Philip John Cannon Caffry, Cornell University; Natalia Callaghan, Hampshire College; Claire Davidson Callahan, Hamilton College; Miles Campbell, gap year/Brown University; Samuel B. Carey, Dartmouth College.

Christopher Calvin Carr, University of Denver; Benjamin Carson-Turner, Concordia University; Shawn R. Cavallaro, UNH; Camille Renee Celo ne, DePaul University; Nicholas P. Chambers, University of Colorado at Boulder; Olivia C. Chambers, Goucher College; Zachary Chatot, UNH; Taylor A. Clerkin; Catherine D. Collison, Kenyon College; Ellen C. Cook, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Mary C. Cornell, UVM; Grace Nicole Croitoru, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Cory Skye Cudney, Clarkson University; Phoebe E. Cullen, Mount Holyoke College.

Eileen A. Daley, Middlebury College; Trevor C. Daniels, Wagner College; Lee E. Danilek, Yale University; Isaac Dickenson Davis, Warren Wilson College; David Burleson Daviss III, PG year; Haley Dennison, Plymouth State; Monika Singh Dhamrait, Emmanuel College; Elif Doganyigit; Zola M. Doyle, Brown University; Lena O. Dubitsky, Princeton University; Hailey Madison Estes, Montana State University, Bozeman; Jacob Farnham, University of Rhode Island; Nathalie Adele Ferneau, Dartmouth College; Ben O. Fiering, University of Michigan; William J. Fillo, NHTI; John Flory, U.S. Air Force Academy; Jacques Fordy, University of Maine; Aizhan E. Foster; Jared A. Friedland, Saint Michael’s College; Sophie L. Friets, Goucher College; Worthy D. Gardner, UNH; Ila X Gautham, Emory University; Edmund J. Geraghty, St. Lawrence University; Matthew D. Goff, Dartmouth College; Karthik Gomathinayagam, Purdue University; Sofia Gomez, Georgetown University; Seamus C. Good, Muhlenberg College; Charlotte Emily Goodrich, UVM; Sophie R. Gosselin, McGill University; Stephanie G. Gosselin, University of Toronto, St. George; Emily L. Gougelet, St. Lawrence University; Jyoti Aparna Miriam Graber, gap year/UMichigan.

Zoe Granizo-Mackenzie, gap year/Ohio State University; Alexander Grant, Reed College; Eleanor S. Green, Skidmore College; Evan Meyer Greenwald; UVM; Sam Gurwitt, Yale; Brandon R. Hagen, West Virginia University; Omar Hajajra, Colby-Sawyer; Camille R. Hankel, Georgetown University; Benjamin Raynam Hartman, Northeastern University; Daniel A. Hazlett, Dartmouth College; Kyle A. Healy, Merrimack College; Benjamin H. Herndon-Miller, UVM; Shannon P. Hill, New England School of Hair Design; Erica C. Hinck, Northeastern University; Dylan C Hooper Goetinck, Clarkson University; Caroline Marie Howell, Trinity College; Andrew K. Huizenga, Wesleyan University; Noah R. Huizenga, Hamilton College; Rainie M. Kaplan, Scripps College; Evyn S. Keating, Middlebury College; Bergren Schultz Keats; Alina Rose Kline-Schoder, George Washington University; Jara J. Kuhne, Ursinus College; Tomas La Porta, Dartmouth.

Araya P. Lacy, UNH; Dwight Langford; Clark A. Leazier, Occidental College; Sumner B. LeBaron-Brien, UVM; Jeremiah Ross Leonard, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Matthew H. Leskovar, gap year/UVM; Jordan Patchen Levin, PG year Northfield Mount Hermon; Jeffrey W. Li, Columbia University; Jack H. Lightbody, Carleton College; Gabriel Linehan, UNH; Pierce Mabey, Dynamy Program; Andrew Madden; William Desmond Martin, Columbia College Chicago; Michael J. Mayo, UVM GAP Program; Stephen A. McCarthy, Wesleyan; Olivia D. McClelland, Mount Ida College.

Kendra McGowan, Villanova University; Ian McShane; Mesa P. Merritt, Clark University; Sarah D. Muller, Bucknell University; Madeline Jane Mulvihill , Savannah College of Art and Design; Alexander Edward Murphy, UVM; Brooke S. Nadeau; Conor B Barnes Nagle, Keene State; Aditya Natarajan, Brown University; Santiago Navarro Roby, Middlebury College; Hannah C. Nice, Vassar; Brenna Nolan UVM; Carolyn R. O’Donnell, University of Pittsburgh; Zack Owen, Portland Institute of Art; Aphrodite Papadoliopoulos, Colby-Sawyer; Eleanor J. Patten, Northeastern University; Jonathan T. Pearson, Endicott College; Kristen R. Pearson, University of Pennsylvania; Thomas J. Peters, West Virginia University; Darby L. Phillips, gap year/Eckerd College; Elisabeth Grace Pillsbury, Dartmouth College; Corrie Bridie Presland-Byrne, University of Mary Washington; Brendan P. Rhim, Furman University; Liesel Sue Robbins, Middlebury College; Jack F. Roberts, UVM; Matthew John Robertson, Dynamy Program; Henry Robins, New York University; Helen L. Rooker, The College of Wooster; Mattson A. Rosenbaum, Northeastern University; Nathan Boghosian Roth, Colgate University; Katherine F. Ryan-O’Flaherty, gap year/Oberlin College; Elizabeth L. Sachsse, Williams College; Holly Leigh Schlosser, UVM.

Hunter Christina Schon, Savannah College of Art and Design; Maxwell R. Schwarz, Ithaca College; Valentina Sedlacek, Dartmouth College; Hannah Seibel, Georgetown University; Lillian L. Seibert, Berklee College of Music;

Ethan E. Shipulski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Alexandra N. Nicole Shworak, Wagner College; Sydney L. Silbert, University of Idaho; Hayden O. Slayton; Isaiah Carver Snelling, Connecticut College; Matthew Gray Stebenne, American University; Christopher A. Steidl, Wesleyan University; Christopher K. Stocken, Clarkson University; Cassandra L. Stone; Henry J. Strickler, Keene State; Anjali Marie Sundaram, Wellesley College; Lina M. Taenzer, Jacobs University; Alexander Tariot, University of Richmond; Stephen Austin Tate, Baylor University; Xavier C. Tchana, UVM; Grace A. Tecca, UC-Santa Barbara; Julia R. Thompson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Marya Celine Thorstensen, SUNY-Purchase; Erika Michelle Tischbein, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Alexus M. Town; Peter Bailey Umland, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Sebastian C. Vecchi, Clarkson University; Charlotte D. Voelkel, Barnard College; Ziqi Wang, Dartmouth; Christopher D. Washington, Williams College; Sophia Whitcomb, McGill University; Lindsey H. White, DePaul University; Annalee DeKimpe Wilson, Earlham College, Abigail B. Wing, Wheaton College; James K. Wolfe, Northeastern University; Rebecca L. Zegans, Wesleyan University.

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