GOFFSTOWN -- Students at Trinity High School’s 43rd graduation Tuesday were reminded that love had much to do with their high school success.
Principal Denis Mailloux read from 1 Corinthians, which extols the virtue of love.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love,” Mailloux read. “But the greatest of these is love.”
Mailloux told the 100 graduates that the love of their parents was what brought them to Trinity in Manchester, and love from their teachers encouraged them along the way.
“I can’t mandate unselfish acts of love,” Mailloux said, as evidenced by the teachers who went above and beyond the call of duty, giving advice, lending a sympathetic ear and being there for students outside of the classroom.
“It was their faith in you, their hope for your future, and love for you that guided them,” Mailloux told graduates as he recognized departing and retiring teachers, which resulted in a standing ovation from students.
Mailloux urged students to think about the love they’ve experienced, thank those who provided it and go out and live that love as they create their futures.
Valedictorian Joseph Fahey praised his classmates for maturing from unsure freshmen to vivacious, prepared seniors.
“We persevered through the tough
times,” Fahey said. “We are definitely worthy of being here tonight.”
Salutatorian Kara Gadecki said that while she doesn’t have everything figured out in a life that is constantly changing, students should take life for what it is and not get stressed over what they cannot change.
Students in Trinity’s Class of 2013 will head off to colleges as near as the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester to as far as the Universities of Tampa, Denver and Utah.
Fahey told his fellow classmates that as they look toward their futures, they should embrace uncertainty.
“With the future comes uncertainty,” said Fahey, “but we must not look at it with trepidation. The world awaits us, and we have a chance to make our mark.”