Singing strains of “Time of My Life” during Bolton High School commencement ceremonies Friday were graduating Seniors Julianne O’Donnell, Sierra Detrick, Courtney Kincaid, and Kaitlin Dimick.
Images of pre-schoolers playing together were projected onto a screen during Bolton High School’s graduation ceremonies held Friday June 22. The images of the youngsters, members of Bolton’s Koala-T preschool, were followed by glimpses of the children as primary students, morphing into preteens, then teenagers.
People in the audience murmured, chattered and applauded as they recognized many of the children, now young adults ready to embark on a new phase in their lives.
The hundreds of people in the audience were not only family and friends of the graduates, but included citizens in the community, giving the 29 graduates a rousing send-off — an annual traditional in this small lakeside town.
Valedictorian Roselynn Denne spoke of this nurturing bond between graduates and community as a whole.
“I am going to miss my friends, my teachers, this community and this school,” she said. “Thanks to everyone for making this place feel like home — Thanks for all that you’ve done for us.”
Salutatorian Michael Andersen also spoke of the attributes and advantages of such strong bonds, particularly among his classmates.
“No matter what, we are here for each other,” he said. “When people go through true hardships, whether it be health issues or family problems, this class puts aside all of our differences and we come together when it really matters — The unity and camaraderie this class has exhibited in the face of adversity is something I will truly miss.”
Andersen also spoke of the quality of education that such a small school affords.
“Between the college-level courses and dozens of extracurricular activities we’re offered, we don’t always stop and appreciate how fortunate we are to attend school here,” he said, complimenting the faculty and staff. “The opportunities and experiences we’ve had here had a huge impact on each of us.”
In the 15-minute video presentation — featuring photos of class trips, sports events and activities — the grads and audience witnessed memorable times that conveyed the close bond shared by all.
The presentation included video interviews of the graduates, peppered with observations about school life, often humorous.
The Northland Chamber Ensemble played several selections for the ceremony.
Diplomas were presented by Superintendent of Schools Ray Ciccarelli and school board president Dennis Murphy, assisted by Class Advisor Cindy Ackerle and retiring school Librarian Kathy Field.
The senior music students sang David Cook’s "Time of My Life," lead by school choral director James Miller on guitar.
Adhering to school tradition, the graduates individually presented their parents with red long-stemmed roses, accompanied by hugs. Second-grade grade teacher Gail DePace and Ackerle handed out roses that the students presented to parents.