Emotions run high for Campbell graduates
From left, Casey Charette and Marisa Chacos share a laugh during Friday's Campbell High School graduation in Litchfield. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
"We mourned together and consoled together," said Christina Lepore, the Class of 2013 salutatorian, noting the passing of her fellow classmate, Zachary Tilbe. The graduates wore green ribbons with Tilbe's initials, showing their support for his family and remembering his presence despite his death last November following a long period of failing health.As several students wiped away tears, Tilbe's family accepted Zachary's diploma posthumously while listening to "Amazing Grace" being played on the bagpipes in his honor."He was a wonderful man," Jared Saunders said of Tilbe. "We all love Zack, and will never forget the impact he has made on our lives."For the senior class, Friday was their last time to be together, celebrate their successes and look ahead to the real world outside of the Campbell High community, said Amanda Doucette, class valedictorian."We have to face the future now, and the future is confusing," she said. "We all have doubts about the future, but I say we ignore them and follow our dreams."
"May the force be with you. And now, you know what the force is," said Orban, receiving a standing ovation.