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Pittsfield Middle High School Class of 2016 small but mighty

Union Leader Correspondent

June 18. 2016 5:55PM
Jesse Flater, front, and Paul Sargent, back, shake hands with some of the teachers at Pittsfield Middle High School after the two students received their diplomas on Saturday. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

PITTSFIELD - The slideshow displayed Little League players, elementary school class lineups, students hanging out in classrooms, pictures from the class trip and a SnapChat with the caption, "Last spirit day ever."

The fading display showed each of Pittsfield's graduating seniors from the Class of 2016, many of whom had baby pictures and senior pictures to show how they've grown over the years. Each had a one-line description of where they plan on going next - whether it be into the workforce, on to another educational institution or into the military.

And in the background, a message played for the group of 23 students and their loved ones gathered in the Pittsfield Middle High School gym.

"Don't you forget about me," sang Simple Mind lead singer Jim Kerr in the song named after the lyric.

The group graduated Saturday morning at the town's high school gym. Parents and loved ones filled the room and cheered on the group of graduates who sat in folding chairs on the stage.

"This is a group that I'm very, very proud of," said Superintendent John Freeman.

It's a group that's grown together, developing into each others' friends, confidants and even romantic partners, said Alie Wolfe, who put together the slideshow.

It's been the support of this entire community that has prepared them enormously for the challenges ahead, said student speaker Keaton Heath.

"Today we say goodbye to our friends, our teachers and our peers," he said. "After this ceremony, we start the next chapter of our lives. The dedication we received over the six years has prepared us."

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