St. John Valley

35 Madawaska graduates thank those who made accomplishments possible

While giving thanks to their friends, families, and teachers for their accomplishments, members of Madawaska High School’s Class of 2018 completed their high school careers when they accepted their degrees Friday night.

In addition to celebrating their own accomplishments, graduates took time to thank those around them for creating an environment they could succeed in. Honor Essayist Megan Roy thanked her teachers for being “the craftsmen of each of our lives,” and the support staff for providing a stable, clean school with nutritious lunches.

Gathering and chatting before their graduation ceremony at Madawaska High School Friday, June 8, are, from left, Lance Lavoie, Ryan Chasse, Alec Morneault, Alex Daigle, Anthony Daigle, and Thomas Pelletier.
Austin Bragdon photo

Delivering an address partially in French, Salutatorian Chelsea Pelletier recalled the Acadians shaping the St. John Valley, and thanked her classmates for shaping her own life.

Valedictorian Taylor Dionne compared her life and those of her classmates to a piece of music. As their high school careers progressed, the tempo and time signatures changed, moving from 4/4 time their freshman year, to a difficult 6/8 in their senior year. Regardless, she said her classmates kept time perfectly throughout the introduction of their piece of music.

“Now it’s your song. Thank you for being the first part of mine” she said.

After the introductory remarks, students presented a slideshow that showcased their time in the Madawaska school system, from elementary school to high school. The slideshow contained photos of graduates as babies and toddlers, along with their senior photos.

Marion Cyr, National Honor Society president poses before the graduation ceremony at Madawaska High School June 8.
Austin Bragdon photo

After the slideshow, more than a dozen scholarships and awards were presented to various graduates, with distinctions for improvement in academics to athletic awards. Principal Wayne Anderson and Superintendent Gisele Dionne presented diplomas to 35 graduates.

After the graduates had received their diplomas, Dionne shared three traits she believed were important to personal growth and success — curiosity, empathy, and gratitude.

In closing remarks, Class President Emily Boucher shared advice from Walt Disney. Quoting Disney, she said, “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Graduate Isiah Bourgoin said that the experience of graduating was “kind of unreal.” He said his school years had gone by quickly. Asked what he would do after graduation, he said he would “live life one day at a time.”

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