Windsor High honors graduates for ‘collective kindness and hard work’

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 6/11/2022 6:03:23 AM
Modified: 6/11/2022 10:02:11 PM

WINDSOR — During the 154th graduation ceremony Friday evening on the athletic fields, the Windsor High School Class of 2022 was encouraged to fulfill their dreams and strive for happiness in their life’s work.

“We want you to know you are an amazing class and are loved and supported,” said Kathleen Ryan, one of the two principals at the high school. “With your collective kindness and hard work, there is no doubt you will move mountains. Everyone here wants to see you achieve your personal dreams and goals. We will be cheering you from afar and missing you.”

Superintendent David Baker, who is leaving the district after 10 years, praised the class for their resilience during the pandemic, continuing through trying times without much complaint and a lot of dignity.

“It is a tribute to your character,” Baker said.

Salutatorian Reese Perry compared the journey of her classmates from kindergarten to graduation as a puzzle that opened 13 years ago on the first day of school. Over the years, through love and guidance, the puzzle slowly came together, but now there are more pieces to be added.

“Tomorrow, we move into the world as unique pieces and individuals, to begin searching to find where we fit into the world’s larger picture,” Perry said.

She went on to thank parents, teachers and coaches for the knowledge, love and support and preparing them to find their place in the world.

“So, Class of 2022 — keep in mind, with all that we have accomplished, remember that you still have pieces to collect.”

Valedictorian Ember Pikramenos, who gave a nod of thanks to those who helped the graduates along the way, took a stroll down memory lane, recalling some of her favorite memories then summed up her class in one word “joyful.”

“So many of my memories of this class are filled to the brim with the joy and often childlike wonder that the majority of us are lucky enough to still go through life with,” Pikramenos said to the class of 46 seniors.

She also noted the number of class achievements.

Regardless of the field everyone chooses, she said, “I have no doubt that we will make the world a better place.”

Keynote speaker Steve Mulloy, the senior capstone adviser for the class, had a simple message: “Be happy.”

Though it can be elusive, Mulloy said, happiness should be your ultimate goal and can be achieved if you seek friends, work and other activities that bring you good feelings.

“You are personally responsible for your life, your journey,” Mulloy said. “If you are happy with it, then it is successful.”

Life is hard, he said, “but if the foundation of your life is built on what makes you happy, you will always come out on the other side. I wish you happy and enjoyable lives. That will be your greatest achievement.”

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com.

Windsor High School Class of 2022

Taryn Bellimer, Southern New Hampshire University online; Caleb Buchanan, Colby-Sawyer College; Noah Buchanan, business owner; Jacob Burklund, University of Southern Maine; Alexis Cahoon, undecided; Stephen Chabot, Vermont Technical College; Dalton Clifford, University of New Hampshire; Khale Coffan, workforce, service industry; Ryan Connolly, workforce, carpentry; Sarah Deschamp, Castleton University; Jonathan Dexter, gap year; Adam Dufour, West Point; Bailey Eddy, Vermont Technical College; Joshua Epstein, undecided; Brendan Flanagan, University of New England; Aiden Freak, workforce, skilled trade; Ashton Garrow, undecided; Austin Gauld, workforce, music production; Benjamin Gilbert, Norwich University; Cora Heim, undecided; Meagan Holling, gap year and travel, Verto Education; Karen Kapuscinski, University of New Hampshire; Patrick Kelley, gap year, SD Associates School for Autism; Mia Lafoe, workforce; Eve Lydon-Ovitt, River Valley Community College; Johnathan Maclachlan, workforce; Marissa Merrill, gap year; Emmet Moeykens, University of Vermont; Bryce Moody, police academy; Graysen Peck, University of Vermont; Zander Peck, workforce; Reese Perry, Saint Michael’s College; Ember Pikramenos, Middlebury College; Holly Putnam, Stonehill College; Peyton Richardson, Castleton University; Elliot Rupp, Moravian College; Rachel Sheldon; Jacob Singelais, University of Southern Maine; Kaleb Smith, workforce, carpentry; Kaleb Swett, Castleton University; Jacob Underhill, workforce; Daniel Underhill, workforce, music production; Janiah Young, University of Southern Maine; Lindsey Young, Keene State College; and Richard Young, WA Frank College of Forestry and Conservation.




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