NHTI students speak about overcoming adversity during commencement ceremonies in Concord
Landscape and environmental design graduate Ronny Stelly overcame the trials of being raised a foster child.
Student speakers traditionally are selected from those who received the institute's three most prestigious awards.
All three discussed the importance of being willing to go outside one's "comfort zone."
This year's class included 29 veterans and more than 100 graduates in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).
They included visual arts major Michael Grady, who will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to continue his studies in industrial design; health science major Crystal Marie Labrecque, whose short story was accepted for publication in "The Painted Cave," a national literary journal; sports management major Daniel Ryan Sweeney, who overcame social awkwardness brought on by high-functioning autism to become a letterman and captain of the men's basketball team; and sports management major Amanda Phillips, who overcame dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society due to her excellent grades. She later became its president.
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