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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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14 GRADUATION 2019 JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION through their presence, to put down their phones, have a conversation, and listen to others. "Don't lose who you have become," he said. The principal said he's yet to meet someone who said their life is worse because someone showed them kind- ness. A ship in a harbor is safe, Costa said, quoting the old saying, but that's not what ships are built for. Jordan, in the part of his speech before the audience helped keep the rhythm, urged classmates to always remember to not just focus on the big names of history but on those who helped form them. This class is noth- ing without its supporting characters, he said, and it's important to always thank them. Just as important as becoming a big name in the world, if not more important, "is our contribu- tions as supporting characters," he said. Salutatorian Jean Ganek said this class is ready for what's next, pre- pared for the future by the experi- ences its graduates had in and out of the classroom. She drew inspiration from Miss Piggy's belief that personal style begins and ends with loving who you are. Ganek said she's a believer in positive mental attitude, or PMA as she was always reminding her friends. Loving oneself and having a positive mindset are keys to getting through everything, she said, thank- ing CHS's teachers for getting this class to high school's finish line. Dylan Parmentier, student govern- ment president at CHS, reminded the audience that life is made up of valuable moments and you shouldn't take any for granted by rushing. He said he's satisfied waking up to what each new day's surprises have in store for this graduating class. DiModica recognized this class's prowess in volunteerism, saying Cumberland teachers prepared them from early on. He encouraged them to honor that dedication by paying it forward, citing John F. Kennedy's speech about asking first what you can do for your country. This class knows well that it's wrong to do nothing and say nothing while others are being persecuted, he said, and it will be up to them to live it out. "Don't be afraid to accept posi- tions in leadership and to not simply stand by and accept the status quo," he said. Doing nothing in the face of discrimination makes one guilty, he added. DiModica joked that the class took a great step in volunteering to cross the pedestrian bridge on Mendon Road earlier Monday, "some of you for the first time." "Today was your parents' turn to disrupt traffic by taking pictures," he said, alluding to the hubbub earlier in the year about students crossing the road instead of using the bridge. School Supt. Bob Mitchell said most of the 348 students in the Class of 2019 already know what it takes to be successful. He cited inspiring senior oratorical speeches advising students to be courageous, to learn to overcome fear, to not procrastinate, to accept responsibility, to be posi- tive, kind and true to yourself. Mitchell referred back to a mov- ing speech by Fred Rogers when he won a lifetime achievement award in 1997. Like Rogers, who gave credit to those who helped get him to that night, offering 10 seconds to think about their contributions, Mitchell had the graduates and audience in the auditorium Monday do the same. He urged students to make time to let those people know what kind of impact they've had. Senior Class President Tye Skeldon congratulated this year's class on its accomplishments. He joked that this class will remember itself for getting the short end of the stick, with no trip to Six Flags, only one snow day in their senior year, living through five principals and not getting to graduate at PPAC. "Despite this, I think our time here has been pretty good," he said. He acknowledged classmate Connor Lizotte, someone who always exemplifies a great attitude despite the challenges he faces. He told classmates to remember the good times and the people who have influenced them. Skeldon then initiated the ceremo- nial passing of the flag to 2020 Class President Briana Nuay. GRADUATION From Page 12 Cumberland High School senior NATE ROGERS, above, enjoys an orange creamsicle before the start of the gradu- ation ceremonies at CCRI Monday night. At top, JULIE ANDRADE receives her diploma from Cumberland High School Principal ADOLFO COSTA during the graduation ceremony. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON 144 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 • Website: E-mail: Office: 401-724-8650 Fax: 401-725-1690 Floors You Love ~ Service You Expect Family Owned & Operated Since 1986 Congratulations CHS Class of 2019 Financing Available *for qualified buyers see store for details Waterproof Pet Proof Worry Proof Colors that Speak to You.

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