Kearsarge Regional High Grads Urged to Make Conscious Choices

Concord Monitor
Published: 6/16/2018 11:58:00 PM
Modified: 6/16/2018 11:58:01 PM

North Sutton, N.H. — Change is coming, and Kearsarge Regional High School graduates were told on Saturday it’ll be their job to choose their path going forward.

“You will need to find out for yourself when it is time to be the rebel, and when it is wise to be conventional. When to transform, and when to preserve,” Superintendent Winfried Feneberg told the 130 graduates assembled in the school’s athletic field on the windy, sunny morning.

Choosing the right thing wouldn’t necessarily be easy, Feneberg said. But the future was very much up to them.

“In a world of five-second soundbites and the promise of simple solutions to complex problems, it is indeed increasingly difficult to make thoughtful, good and honest choices. And yet, it seems to me, that we depend on you to make thoughtful, good, and honest choices as you leave this school,” he said.

Lydia Pinard, the day’s second student speaker, told graduates they were like the footprints man had made on the moon.

“While we cannot see these footprints from Earth, they serve as a symbol of human perseverance and their impact will always be there,” she said. “We are just like those footprints. Right now we may seem inconsequential; we have endless possibilities of changes we can make in the world.”

The day’s second student speaker, Shane Wilson, thanked his friends, family and teachers for getting him to where he was, and then elicited laughs and claps from the audience for thanking “the U.S. government,” too.

“Thank you for being as confusing and as inconsistent as possible in order to mentally prepare us for the real world,” he said.

But Wilson soon turned his “generic and yet insightful journey metaphor that is necessary within every graduation speech to (become) ‘proficient with distinction.’ ”

And with that, Wilson urged his peers to always strive for more, to work hard and to never let other people’s expectations get in the way.

He concluded with a quote from someone philosophically-inclined.

“A wise young lady once told me ‘Sometimes, Shane, I’m scared to say the wrong thing. Because I think people will think differently of me if I speak my thoughts and emotions.’ She followed that by saying ‘That’s funny, I don’t actually care.’ I think that’s a great mindset,” he said.

Class president Natalie Soule told her fellow graduates not to let fear of failure get in the way. She used a quote by J.K. Rowling to drive the point home: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default.”

Kearsarge Regional High School principal Robert Bennett returned to the theme of change and risk-taking in his own speech. And he told his school’s graduates not to settle for the status-quo.

“I and you understand status-quo, because we know the rules, we know the boundaries, and most of all, the loopholes to get around things. If we stay as status quo, (our) output and expected production will never fluctuate. And (we) can continue to be good,” he said. But good “is the enemy of great. I want you all to be great.”

Kearsarge Regional High School Class of 2018:

Taylor Albright, Leslie Angus, Julia Baldasaro, Jake Bears, Daniel Beaulieu, Kalli Bechtold, Mason Benedict, Marcy Bowman, Sydney Boyer, Rachel Breault, Samuel Brooks, Jordan Bryk, Caela Budd, Hunter Burns, Raymond Cabral, Brian Callaghan, Nathan Carbee, William Chadwick, Bailey Christensen, Jacob Cornelio, Nicholas Cote, Madison Courser, Christophe Courtine, John Cunningham, Jaclyn DeAngelis, Joshua Delaurier, Max Delaurier, Jazmine Douglas, Cole Dube, William Ellis, Katelyn Emery, Madelin Fish, Georgia Flanders, Gage Fleming,.Michael Geary, James Glendinning, Olivia Graham, Jessica Greenlaw, Lindsey Greenlaw, Britney Grilo, Margaux Guion. Austin Hardy, Andrew Harris, Zhi He, Morgan Hemphill, Sean Higgins, Catherine Horn, Matthew Hubley, Rex Jenna Jr., Thomas Johnson Jr., Samuel Johnson, Alexander Kalpakgian, Joseph Kealy, Hayden Keene, Madyson Knight, Mason Kucharski, Samuel Kulacz, Aaron Le, Samuel Lick, Jacob Lipscomb, Sarah Long, Jessica MacDowell, Elizabeth Maddox, Joel Magee, Nicholas Malecha, Thomas Mann, Tayler Mattos. Alexis McConnell, Rowan McCullough, Connor Meagher, Samuel Meding, Quinn Miller, Joshua Minne, Logan Montminy, Alyssa Moss, Calista Murray-Hager, Dylan Needham, Daniel Nester, Nicholas Nestler, Solomon Neuwirt, Rachel Nunes, Alanna O’Keefe, Ailish O’Leary Austin, Paul Petry Jr., Sarah Pierce, Lydia Pinard, Bennett Pitts, Caitlin Prescott. Evan Raeuchle, Stanley Rayno, Jessica Richardson, Jonathan Richter, Christian Rocca, Kaya Rogers, Mollee Rorick, Jonathan Ruel, Katie Santti, Suphannika Sappharee, Emma Sauerwein, Grayden Sauerwein, Michael Schubert, Isabel Seabury, Logan Seaholm, Jacklyn Seminara, Abigail Seward, Samuel Shain, Samuel Shields, Ian Simmons, Lawrence Sliger, Natali e Soule, Eleni Souliotis, Kevin Stasalovich, Benjamin G. Stewart, Lara Stokes, Joseph Storozuk, Rachel Swindell, Ethan Thompson, Noah Tucker, Tomasa Tucker, Izabella von Beren, Noah Waldron, Francis Walker, Eli Ward, Hunter Wells, Kirsten Westerberg, Cerys Wheatley, Levi Wilson, Shane Wilson.

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