'Such grand celebration' as Londonderry graduates 398
Mary Madison waves to her family during the Londonderry High School graduation held at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Breaking the stereotype that popularity is an opposite of academic achievement, Doherty is the first graduate in the history of the school to have served as class president and been named valedictorian.
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"I'm feeling great. It's good to be here," said Pearce, who said he is following in the footsteps of several family members who'd served in the Army.
Principal Jason Parent said he didn't believe that the class theme, which revolved around being lucky, was not apropos for the 398 graduates.
"I would say that doesn't fit" the class, Parent said. "You created your own luck through hard work, acts of caring and wanting to make a difference and by being good people."
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