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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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12 GRADUATION 2019 JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION the world. A "remarkable" class that lived through five principals rallied to achieve a new dress code and grading policy, two significant positive chang- es at CHS, said School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica. "Take these leadership qualities that have emerged and flourished over the last four years and continue giv- ing back wherever you may land," he said. Monday's graduation ceremony was full of highlights, including CHS's Band and Clef Singers groups showing off their award-winning skills, Cameron Faria, injured badly in an accident last year, leading graduates to get their diplomas, and Valedictorian Connor Jordan bring- ing down the house with his rap per- formance on the students' high school experience. "From Tenreiro to Donna to DiManna, Cote, Costa, they got the students salty like a pot of penne pasta. A history of leaving, bereav- ing administration, and a budget on decline, we'd appreciate your donation," rapped Jordan as part of his performance, to roars from the crowd. Graduation took place at the Community College of Rhode Island Field House in Lincoln, and despite the temporary step down from CHS's usual commencement digs at the Providence Performing Arts Center, students said they were making the most of it. Principal Adolfo Costa shared how this class learned to be welcom- ing and inclusionary, adding one of his favorite mantras: "Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today." Wherever there is a human being, said Costa, there is an opportunity for kindness. With more technol- ogy connecting us, there are more opportunities to be kind, Costa said, but that same technology that brings those far away closer can make us feel far away to those who are close. He urged students to show kindness CHS From Page One See GRADUATION, Page 14 From left, GABRIELLE ABRAMEK, MAXWELL AMADIO and ERIN ACCIARDO, at left, stop on the way to the CCRI Field House for gradu- ation exercises. Above, some of Cumberland High School's graduat- ing seniors prepare to head out to the graduation cer- emony at CCRI on Monday. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON

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