‘Do not let small beginnings define your future’: Mohawk Trail Regional School graduates 37

  • From left, Stella Clark and Mya Lesieur are among the 37 students who graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland on Saturday. For the Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

  • Gleeful Mohawk Trail Regional School graduates in a final procession, as the ceremony ends on Saturday. For the Recorder/Diane Broncaccio

For the Recorder
Published: 6/5/2022 12:27:01 PM
Modified: 6/5/2022 12:24:51 PM

BUCKLAND — Members of Mohawk Trail Regional School’s Class of 2022 stepped into their future Saturday afternoon with fond words for their alma mater.

“Just because you come from a small town doesn’t mean you have to have a small future,” Valedictorian Dennis Simmons told his 36 graduating classmates. “Do not let small beginnings define your future.”

Salutatorian Sean O’Dea congratulated his classmates on making it through the pandemic.

“You’re a devoted, hard-working group, always willing to help those in need,” he said.

Despite wanting to leave school the last few months, O’Dea said, graduation brought a little sadness.

“I wish there was a way to enjoy ‘the good old days’ while they are still here,” Simmons said. “Enjoy this ‘good old day.’ You can be your best self now, or sometime in the future. I would encourage you to be your best now — because the opportunity is here today.

“May you always have these memories that we share today. Thank you for the six years,” Simmons continued. “It’s been one hell of a ride.”

Each of the graduating seniors briefly wrote about their plans for the future, what they learned in their years at Mohawk Trail and what they will miss most about the school. School officials read comments from each of the students before he or she stepped forward to receive a diploma.

Their plans ranged from traveling the world to getting a master’s degree in chemical engineering, from nursing to becoming a game programmer. But in writing what they would miss most about Mohawk Trail, nearly all said they would miss their classmates and the teachers who believed in them.

Principal Chris Buckland said he was pleased to watch the graduating seniors “grow as leaders and trailblazers in your communities.”

Buckland’s advice to the graduates:

■Replace the word “but” with “and” — “and see where it leads you.”

■Be consistent with your goals.

■“You’re at the start of a fantastic climb,” he said. “Make sure you’re good to people on your way up. You may pass some of them again.”

Downey Meyer, listed as “beloved teacher” in the graduation program, recalled that only four years ago, the graduates “were tiny ninth-graders with years ahead of you.”

“And you are now living in a world we could have never known,” Meyer said. “But you are here and you are ready for whatever comes next. Class of ’22, congratulations and best of luck.”


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