The Derryfield School graduates told to take risks
Members of The Derryfield School's Class of 2014 react to one of the speakers during the commencement ceremonies on Saturday. (Shawne K. Wickham / Union Leader)
Spenser Hukill, right, helps Caroline Manns tie a memorial ribbon on her wrist shortly before graduation exercises at The Derryfield School in Manchester on Saturday morning. Bruce Preston / Union Leader
Graduates laughed with delight as a favorite teacher challenged them to "find 20 seconds of insane courage, embarrassing bravery" - and then did just that by lip-synching to snippets of "I Think You're Crazy," "Remember the Name" and "We Weren't Born to Follow."
Jennifer LoChiatto, left, presents her daughter, Olivia LoChiatto, with a cameo that belonged to her great-grandmother, shortly before graduation exercises at The Derryfield School in Manchester on Saturday morning. Bruce Preston photos/ Union Leader
Students from The Derryfield School line up for a class photo shortly before graduation exercises Saturday morning. This is the first year the school has done a class photo.
"We are young people, energetic and unstoppable. We are able to do things that other people can only dream of doing, and with such ability, we are able to overcome the hardships that accompany changes."
So she bought a ukulele, joined the lacrosse team - "even though I run like a moose" - and got to share in her team's state championship.
Chosen by the class to give the faculty address, science teacher Robert Bradley told the graduates they're about to have more freedom and control over their own lives than ever. He urged them to risk new experiences and resist the lure of boredom.
Valedictorian Bennett Doherty reminded his classmates that they have been blessed with good fortune and now have a responsibility to "discover a cause worth fighting for."
Mary Halpin Carter, head of school, urged the class to "be both heroic and humble" in the years to come: "to be heroic in your vision of your life's meaning and to be humble in your approach to your life's work."
But in his deepest consciousness, he said, "I want to say: I am from Derryfield School, in New Hampshire."
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