Epping graduates urged to follow their passions, take risksBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
June 15. 2018 10:06PM
EPPING — They’ve all chosen different paths, but the 62 graduates in Epping High School’s Class of 2018 were told to always follow their passions, pursue their dreams, and take risks along the way.
The graduates bid farewell at Friday night’s ceremony that was moved inside because of rain showers earlier in the day that put a damper on outdoor plans.
After class president Veronica Hackett welcomed family, friends and other guests who filled the gymnasium, the graduates continued their tradition of delivering a single rose to a parent, guardian or other special person who has been there to help guide them.
Class Valedictorian Rebecca Milbury took a moment to recognize several graduates who will be entering the military. She spoke about the plans for others who will head off to college or join the workforce.
Milbury also recalled how sometimes students may have procrastinated a bit too much during their high school years, but always got the job done.
“Today is a celebration of all of your achievements,” she told the graduates before urging them to never stop reaching for their dreams.
Salutatorian Keelin Berger said having ambition is what matters most and that those who are ambitious will realize success.
In her commencement address, social studies teacher and class adviser Katie Closs was emotional at times as she reflected on the students in her first graduating class.
“I’ve had the honor of watching you learn and grow,” she said, adding, “You are tough, dedicated, hard-working, loving, caring.”
Superintendent Valerie McKenney acknowledged that some graduates may not know what they want to do with their lives. She said she didn’t know what she wanted for a career when she sat in their shoes in June 1977, but she said she knew she wanted to work with children and make public schools better. She assured them that they would one day find an occupation that they liked.
Principal Brian Ernest praised the graduates for their energy, effort and passion.
“Your hard work and determination is impressive and gives me hope for the next generation,” he said.