Bow graduates told they mastered the 'four Cs'
BOW - Students at Bow High School were praised Saturday for their accomplishments and their cohesiveness as a class, as 139 students earned diplomas.
Along with setbacks and successes, said Class President Anne Kuenning, "we learned early to leave no one behind - we're a unit."
Kuenning compared the Class of 2013 to the popular movie "Toy Story" - which featured loyal friends, teamwork and a dedication to each other - and congratulated her classmates on an impressive four-year commitment to their community.
"The generosity of our class extended to those in need," she said.
Principal John House-Meyers confirmed that this year's class logged more than 10,000 hours of community service.
"You've accomplished more than any other class before you," he said. "You know what community is all about."
House-Meyers produced other class statistics as well - 81 percent of Bow's seniors will go on to four-year colleges, 11 percent to two-year colleges and 7 percent will head to work and study part time.
He also individually recognized five students who will pursue a military career, thanking them for their service.
"We will pray for your safe return," he said.
Retiring assistant principal Gay Longnecker told students she will be leaving behind the bells and structured routine along with this year's class, and said while she will miss some of the events and programs unique to Bow, some things she will not miss at all.
"I won't miss the new 'No Junk Food' policy," she joked. "That's just wrong."
Longnecker compared life to a trapeze act, with students leaving one bar to grasp another, with some transition time between hanging out in space.
She urged students to use that time to figure out who they are and what they want to become.
"Hurtling through the void, we just may learn how to fly," she said.
Student speaker Pritika Vig said while not all Bow students will go on to become rocket scientists, they had all learned some skills that they will use on a regular basis.
"We literally got to learn something every single day," she said.
SAU 67 Superintendent Dean Cascadden certified students to graduate, informing them that they had mastered the four "Cs," critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.
"You are bombarded all day, every day, by competing truths," Cascadden said, from television to Internet, and urged students to think carefully about which ones to believe.