Tewksbury Memorial High School held its 83th commencement Friday, honoring the 232 members of the graduating class of 2018. Family and friends of the graduates, TMHS staff and members of the Tewksbury school committee and selectmen filled the school’s gymnasium to watch as diplomas were presented and speeches were given.
Superintendent of Schools Christopher Malone spoke of reflecting on the lessons learned throughout high school and life, saying “never stop asking yourself ‘what have I learned today.’”
Principal Kristen Vogel encouraged students to climb all of life’s mountains, calling it “the perfect metaphor for life after graduation” but assuring graduates that “you have all you need to tackle all of life’s mountains.”
Vogel also presented the Teacher’s Award to Scott Mazzapica and the Principal’s Award to Brooke Lamothe.
Valedictorian Felicia Ragucci spoke of finding opportunities outside of one’s comfort zone. “Wherever you are going, remember to embrace the unknown and be excited by all the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Ragucci. Salutatorian Stephanie Tam spoke of how the class’s strength was in the group as a whole, and Hayden Austad compaired life to driving down a highway.
The students selcted English teacher Bryan Desjardins to be the faculty speaker. He gave a comical speech that, between inside jokes and self-deprecating comments, contained a lot of good advice.
“Be sincere, be true to who you are, don’t stop doing what you love because time is short, it is,” said Desjardins. “Do the things you want to do and now…there is always enough time to make things better for yourself or someone you love.”
Graduates from the class of 2018 will be attending colleges, universities and professional schools in 14 different states, as well as joining the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Junior Hockey league and the workforce.