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'Remember these formative years': Wellington grads say farewell at commencement

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    Savannah Roby, Vocational Honors Student, chokes up while addressing attendees of the 143rd Commencement, Sunday, at Wellington High School.

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    Wellington Board of Education members observe processional during the 143rd Commencement, Sunday at Wellington High School.

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    Senior Michael Casella yawns while in processional line-up during the 143rd Commencement on Sunday at Wellington High School.

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    Wellington seniors Meredith Bechner (left), Lauren Gonsky, and Savannah Roby play hand games while in line awaiting commencement Sunday at Wellington High School.

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WELLINGTON — Friends and family members shot photos of their graduates with cameras and cell phones as the Wellington High School class of 2019 entered the gymnasium Sunday.

After the graduates sat at their seats for the 142nd commencement, Wellington Schools Superintendent Ed Weber greeted the guests and students.

He commented on the progress he’s witnessed from the students.

“It has been a joy these past few years watching the many accomplishments of this class, including a perfect score on the ACT, success in our new AP classes earning their FFA state degrees, the performances of our amazing band, choir and theater programs, and our many clubs, activities and athletic teams,” he said.

Senior class president Emily Lynn Marie Watters gave the opening remarks, reflecting on all the memories they made through the years. She recalled when two students kicked a ball so hard it flew into the lights, almost hitting their gym teacher; the jokes of some teachers; and the “impossible dress code” of another. She also remembered how she and other students stayed up too late to stay awake in their classes.

She told her fellow classmates to hold on to their memories as they leave the school.

“As this chapter of our lives comes to a close, a whole new world of opportunities opens for each an every one of us,” she said. “… I ask you to remember these formative years, the teachers’ and peers’ lessons and experiences that have shaped you whether you loved it or hated it.” she said.

The commencement also included speeches from vocational honor student Savannah Madison Roby, salutatorian Samuel Paul Becher, valedictorian Meredith Lee Becher and Principal Tina Drake.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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