John Stark graduates go out with a bang
Members of John Stark Regional High School's Class of 2014 wave to loved ones as they make their way onto the football field Saturday morning. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
In keeping with tradition, the Henniker and Weare students ended their commencement ceremony with the blast of a cannon and the official John Stark fight song.
This year’s graduates distinguished themselves not only academically, but in their strong sense of community, said principal Christopher Corkery.
The principal noted that about 70 percent of this year’s graduates are leaving high school with credits far exceeding the 22-credit core requirement.
Salutatorian Justin Abbot challenged his classmates to rethink their idea of a perfect day, of a perfect life.“What if you woke up and it was all a dream?” he said. “But your thoughts have influence on the real world and the better your mind set the better your life will be.”
From hosting a blood drive to campaigning against capital punishment to honoring veterans on Memorial Day to promoting a climate of tolerance, John Stark students have kept on making a difference, Morin said.
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