Greenwich High School graduates celebrate

GHS graduate Bailey Robben received her diploma as part of the graduation ceremony. — John Ferris Robben

GHS graduate Bailey Robben received her diploma as part of the graduation ceremony. — John Ferris Robben

Greenwich High School bade farewell to its graduating class of 2014 yesterday June 19. Family, teachers and classmates surrounded the 646 celebrating graduates during an outdoor ceremony held at Cardinal Stadium.

GHS Headmaster Chris Winters led the program featuring the speeches from the class officials and school administrators as well as a few humorous remembrances of the years at the school all the students experienced, including having to go through MISA construction..

NFL Executive and former member of the Greenwich Board of Selectman Paul Hicks delivered the keynote speech, celebrating the students’ success, and urging them to remember the way they grew from the early grades of elementary school into the high school graduates they became. A GHS graduate himself, Mr. Hicks reflected on the powerful learning environment the school creates for the town’s youth.

“All of the children of the successful, dynamic and diverse people of this town placed in a challenging, sophisticated and resourceful environment to learn, to compete and to grow,” he said.

Class Valedictorian Fiona Young shared some of the momentos she kept during her journey through the district, including a t-shirt from the senior’s “SRO: A Series of Un14ate Events” show earlier in the year, and a copy of The Little Prince, a book she became familiar with in her ninth grade French class. Reflecting on the literary classic, Fiona reminded the class of 2014 where they found the strength to reach this important milestone.

“We were never afraid to fall because our families, friends, teachers and mentors sitting to the left and the right of you today we’re there to catch you and put you back up on your feet,” she said.

Class salutatorians Molly Plissner, Alexandra Small and Elisa Martinez and class president Henry Ricciardi addressed their peers as well, offering motivation for the tasks that lay ahead of them. Superintendent William McKersie congratulated the graduates, and urged them “to be known for caring” as they move on into the world beyond Greenwich High School.

Additional coverage will be in the June 26 edition of the Post.

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