Although Coventry isn’t terribly large, salutatorian Samantha Kozlowski needed a large dose of courage in giving her address to the family and friends of the 138 members of Coventry High School Class of 2012. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be giving a speech at my graduation, as public speaking is one of my biggest fears,” Kozlowski admitted. Photo by Al Malpa
Much of the town may have lost power during Friday’s severe thunderstorms, but graduates of Coventry High School were all charged up for the future at graduation on Saturday (June 23).
Early morning rain gave way to sunny skies, just in time for the 10 a.m. ceremonies.
“It’s such a beautiful day after the rain,” said Nancy Saul, aunt of graduate Cheryl Dickerson, who came down from Maine for the ceremony.
With Saul were Dickerson’s parents, Wendy and Jerry Dickerson, and younger sister Allyson Dickerson, a freshman at Coventry High.
Dickerson’s mother said that after graduation, Cheryl Dickerson will likely go on to Manchester Community College.
“And in three more years we’ll be back here for Allyson,” said Jerry Dickerson, who is a maintenance technician at the school.
Coventry Board of Education Chair Jennifer Beausolei thanked parents for the trust placed in the administration of the school system, and said the entire town contributes to the raising of its children.
She quoted Benjamin Franklin by saying “an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
New Superintendent of Schools David Petrone also addressed parents of the graduates, and recalled highlights of a parent’s life as a child progresses through grades and milestones.
“I believe, wholeheartedly, that these students are prepared to begin the new chapter of their lives,” because good parents like those in Coventry had given their children both roots and wings, Petrone said.
Valedictorian Marina Zoghbi also told her fellow classmates they should be proud of both their accomplishments and the community that had helped shape them.
“We cannot forget the community,” Zoghbi said. “This small town we grew up in and will always support us.”
Although Coventry isn’t terribly large, salutatorian Samantha Kozlowski needed a large dose of courage in giving her address to the family and friends of the 138 graduates.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be giving a speech at my graduation, as public speaking is one of my biggest fears,” Kozlowski admitted.
She overcame her fears and received inspiration, literally, from her father, who told her to focus on inspiring things.
“It is crucial that everyone acknowledges who has inspired them, but more importantly, don’t be afraid to act on what inspires you. May your years here inspire your future,” Kozlowski said.
Focusing on the future was the theme of both the class vice president’s and the class president’s addresses.
Class Vice President Jenna Elsesser gave the welcoming address, and quoted Charlie Brown, saying “life doesn’t provide you answers like a math textbook with the answers in the back.”
She said graduates should find meaning all through their journey through life.
Class President Ada Peters gave the farewell address, and reminded graduates that, just as their plans for the future had changed all through their childhood and youth, they will continue to change.
Peters reminded the seniors how their future career goals had shifted from, perhaps, being a princess to being an Olympic runner to being an architect.
She said it was important to remember no hard and fast decisions had to be made for the rest of their lives.
“There is no finite plan for the students sitting on this stage,” Peters said. “We are all nervous about the future. Why are we so worried? We cannot connect the dots looking forward. We can only connect them looking back.”
CHS Principal Michele Mullaly reminded the graduates that they all have talents. “Individually, and as a class, you are wonderful,” she said, and joked that based on the heavy use of cell phones she witnessed, they also place a high value on connections and communications.
She reminded graduates to use communication to bring people together instead of tearing people down. “My advice is to be happy and seek to make others happy,” she said.
Coventry commencement traditions include graduates leaving their seats to bring flowers to loved ones in the audience during the carnation ceremony.
Another one is the singing the school song, which this year was performed by Alexa Jacobs, a distinguished performer in regional and state competitions.
Coventry High School Class of 2012
W. Reid Alosky, Jamie Angelo, Qaniat Anwar, Richard Ashley, Sarah Barnett, Angela Barrette, John Becker, Kathryn Berger, Frank Bishop, Ryan Boutin, Miranda Bragdon, Joseph Branciforte, Katherine Brierley, Michael Brown, Alexa Burger, Douglas Burke, Nicholas Burokas, Ryan Butler, Christopher Butt, Morgan Carver, Kaitlyn Chasse, Catrina Christensen, Frank Corbett, Ryan Corcoran, Edward Crocker, Jeffrey Crosby, Kaitlyn Crosby, Jessica Curtis, Zachary Cushing, Lindsey Daigneault, Carli Dantas, Colin Delaney, Thomas Delaney, Cheryl Dickerson, Christopher Didero-Gonzalez, Morgan Doane, Michael Dolan, Jake Downham.
Jenna Elsesser, Mary Leigh Enders, Zachery Figueiredo, Cole Fleeher, Eric Fleeher, Meghan Fowler, Albert Garcia, Jessica Gardner, Sarah Gokey, Timothy Goodale, Michael Griffith, Ashley Grindal, Shelby Groskritz, Jeremy Haddock, Laura Hayden, Luke Herzog, JoMarie Hofmann, Natasha Hood, Brandon Huestis, Gretta Ingraham, Alexa Jacobs, Ernest Jellinek, Timothy Jennison, Joakim Jensen, Zachary Jensen, Shelley Jones, Ashley Kelly, Ashlee Kendall, Nicole Kenefick, Jaclyn Kocor, Marla Koschinski, Samantha Kozlowski, Matthew Krewalk.
Jonathan Lamb, Nicholas LaPointe, Brent LaVoie, Kayla Lent, Tyler LePage, Justin Lindinger, Crystal Loethscher, Nicole Lupacchino, Stephanie Magno, Alex Mancino, Daniel Marinaro, Spencer Markie, Victoria Martin, Mara Matthias, Devin McDermott, Erin McMahon, Jesse Mercer, Sarah Mills, Tobias Moehrle, Patrick Mohan, Paige Morrison, Tierney Morton, Nicholas Norstrom, Ryan Nye, Taylor Ossolinski, Emily Ouellette, Anthony Pappalardo, Nathan Peck-Rizzo, Chelsea Perrigo, Ada Peters, Levi Petersen, Danielle Piantanida, Samantha Pietro, Kristen Powell, Kathryn Pugh, Brencis Pukinskis.
Patrick Reynolds, Kyle Richard, Victoria Richard, Jasmine Rios, Haley Rosborg, Aaron Rose, Briana St. Germain, Alexandra Salinsky, Christopher Santos, Brianna Schnell, Lauren Semmelroth, Alexander Sime, Lisa Smart, John Steadward, Quinten Stoddard, Matthew Strauss, Olivia Suter, Alec Taylor, John-David Torstenson, Taylor Vann, Zachary Vannais, Joseph Viscuso, Ineke Vromans, Nicole Waite, Zachary Walsh, Jeremy Weeks, Keanu Woodard, Kelly Zikoski, Marina Zoghbi.
Posted June 25, 2012 as edited by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan
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