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Milford High student speaker: 'We will continue to build on the echoes of the past'

Union Leader Correspondent

June 16. 2013 10:18PM
Milford High School seniors display their pride and aspirations on their graduation caps at commencement ceremonies at the school on Saturday. Nancy Bean Foster 

MILFORD — Principal Brad Craven said goodbye to the Class of 2013 Saturday morning and reminded the students that they are the mapmakers plotting the course of their lives.

"I think we are, to a large extent, the cartographers of our lives," said Craven to the crowd of graduates, friends and family that gathered at the high school under clear blue skies. "Our decisions send us in a direction like a fork in the road, so be careful what decision you make."

Craven said that no one has absolute control over his or her life, that "stuff happens to good people all the time," but by being prepared, educating themselves and making good decisions, resilience and strength can be found when that stuff happens.

The caps of many of the 166 students who graduated were adorned with messages to those who proudly watched them. Plans for the future, such as attending the University of New Hampshire or going to nursing school, shone from the mortar boards in glitter and glue, along with tributes to the school's sports teams and pride in being part of the Class of 2013.

In the parking lot, cars boasted about the graduates sitting patiently through the ceremony that marked the end of their childhoods and the start of their adult lives. "We did it!" was emblazoned across the rear windshield of one car, while "Congratulations to the Class of 2013" was written across another.Student Emma Santelmann, delivering the honors address, spoke of high school as being an important part of the past and a foundation to the future.

"We will continue to build on the echoes of the past," Santelmann told her peers.

But she also brought attention to the opportunities she and her fellow students now have to examine their lives more closely.

"This is our time to muse about the mysteries of the world," she said.


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