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‘Make your own path’

  • Graduates of the Four Rivers Charter Public School toss their caps on Saturday, bringing an end to the Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Graduates of the Four Rivers Charter Public School toss their caps on Saturday, bringing an end to the Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies.
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  • Sophia Buchanan speaks to family, friends, faculty and classmates during the Four Rivers Charter Public School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. "There isn't a word in any language that properly conveys how done I am with high school," she said, winning a hearty laugh from the audience.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Sophia Buchanan speaks to family, friends, faculty and classmates during the Four Rivers Charter Public School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. "There isn't a word in any language that properly conveys how done I am with high school," she said, winning a hearty laugh from the audience.
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  • Faculty of the Four Rivers Charter Public School sing to the Class of 2014 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, telling students "you'll fly away" -- and how proud they are of this accomplishment.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Faculty of the Four Rivers Charter Public School sing to the Class of 2014 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, telling students "you'll fly away" -- and how proud they are of this accomplishment.
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  • Graduates of the Four Rivers Charter Public School toss their caps on Saturday, bringing an end to the Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Sophia Buchanan speaks to family, friends, faculty and classmates during the Four Rivers Charter Public School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. "There isn't a word in any language that properly conveys how done I am with high school," she said, winning a hearty laugh from the audience.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Faculty of the Four Rivers Charter Public School sing to the Class of 2014 during graduation ceremonies on Saturday, telling students "you'll fly away" -- and how proud they are of this accomplishment.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

GREENFIELD — Graduates of the Four Rivers Charter Public School seemed very certain of one thing on Saturday: adventure awaits.

A decidedly different adventure than the past six years at Four Rivers — in a ceremony personalized to the small 31-student Class of 2014, senior advisers Alex Wilson, Susan Durkee and Andy Patari referenced an unruly game of musical chairs, a pronoun dance party, who was the biggest fan of vanilla pudding and if a particular student were to be characterized as a kitchen appliance it would have be an electric can opener.

The three made certain that every student in the Class of 2014 was recognized for their unique personality, character traits and the memories they’d leave behind.

Principal and Head of School Peter Garbus cautioned the Class of 2014 that while people are conditioned to think their lives revolve around great moments such as graduation, the true great moments in life “often catch us unaware.” Garbus said that graduates should move forward in life thinking about how they can make small differences every single day.

The seven student speakers all reflected on the years of growth and discovery within Four Rivers walls, praising the faculty that pushed them to ask questions and “accept oddities.”

“Four Rivers lets you make your own path,” Tilyr Gannon said. “To the first day when we were scared to walk in, to the last when we are scared to walk out.”

Once the class received diplomas and turned their tassels, faculty sang them a parting tune about how “you’ll fly away,” and the pride they should feel in that accomplishment. Off to a new adventure, no matter how frightening that may be.

“A day may come when the courage of our class fails,” Sebastian Arruda said gravely during his address to the crowd. He then smiled. “But it is not this day.”

Class of 2014

Sebastian James Arruda, Ashfield

Courtney Elizabeth Benoni, Erving

Juliana Clare Blodgett, Sunderland

Sophia Madelynn Buchanan, Greenfield

Rachel Ilene Carow, Greenfield

Taylor Paige Chapin, Greenfield

Brian Cruz, Greenfield

Clay Jordan Derderian, New Salem

Genlyne Halsey Fiske-White, Greenfield

Angeline Allegra Flynn , Greenfield

Sullivan Bye Fraser, Montague

Tilyr Rhodes Gannon, Erving

Evan James Graves, Montague

Asher O’Brien Kenen, Montague and Haydenville

Tyler Austin LaPointe, Greenfield

Sarah Emily Spademan Link, Ashfield

Isabel Kathleen Margola, Greenfield

Ivy Noonan, Colrain

Helen Marie Perham, Greenfield

Blake Stephen Porter, Greenfield

Jackson Reeves-Henning, Montague

Frédéric Nelson Rigollaud, Greenfield

Kathryn Elizabeth Soltysik, Erving and Athol

Alexander James Stenson, Williamsburg

Kennedy Michelle Strakose-Hagen, Greenfield

L. M. Sweeney, Greenfield

Alynna Jia Yi Tan, Greenfield

Chandler Seth Thoma, Northfield

William Michael Waldsmith III, Colrain

Grace Elizabeth Walker, Greenfield

Nicole Sara Zabawa, Greenfield

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