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Fort Kent graduates 62 students

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Community High School gym was standing room only as 62 members of the Class of 2022 walked the stage to receive their diplomas on Friday evening. 

Guidance counselor Catherine Sevigny said 81 percent of the students will attend colleges or universities and amassed a total of $668,423 in scholarship money between them.

Cole Guimond, one of three class speakers at the commencement ceremony said his class learned many things throughout their time at the high school, and he evoked the school district’s core values. 

“We have learned how being honest, respectful, responsible and engaged will get us far in life,” he said. 

The Fort Kent Community High School Class of 2022 exits the school gym following their graduation ceremony Friday evening. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Guimond said the students also learned from the changing circumstances that followed the pandemic, especially when the students were abruptly sent home to engage in remote learning for the last several months of the 2020 school year. 

“We learned to live everyday like it’s our last and to live life without regrets because in one day your whole world can change like it did for us in our sophomore year on March 13, 2020,” Guimond said. 

Student speaker Elly Sirois discussed the importance of community, and shared what she feels makes the Fort Kent area community special. 

“One characteristic is working harder. Northern Maine has an amazing reputation for fostering hard workers,” Sirois said. “Along with being hardworking our community is motivated.”

A large crowd of supporters attended the Fort Kent Community High School Class of 2022 graduation ceremony Friday evening. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Sirois cited the resilience of local businesses through the pandemic, the success of student athletes and the drama club, and the students who attend the St. John Valley Technology Center as examples of how hard work and motivation can pay off. 

She said the support of the community for the Class of 2022 has been invaluable. 

“From athletic events to plays and fundraisers, members of our community always show up in support,” Sirois said. 

Principal John Kaleta offered the students some sage advice. 

“Life is an incredible gift that we have all been given. Give it your best every day, especially when things don’t go quite your way,” Kaleta said. “You will never be disappointed if you have given it your absolute best.” 

Several Fort Kent police officers guarded the ceremony at the request of the school district, to help everyone who attended the event to feel safe. 

The graduation can be viewed at the WFKTV Channel 4 YouTube page.

Fort Kent police guarded Fort Kent Community High School during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 Friday evening. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

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