TRHS grads encouraged to em­brace ad­ven­tures await­ing them


As Tantra­mar Re­gional High School’s Class of 2017 crossed the stage of Con­vo­ca­tion Hall on Satur­day, they were encouraged to em­brace the ad­ven­tures that lie ahead as they get ready to forge their own path in the world.

“We are at a turn­ing point in our lives,” vale­dic­to­rian Max Beaver told his class­mates dur­ing Satur­day morn­ing’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. “So what’s next?”

Tak­ing part in ev­ery­thing from the Dragonboat races to school dances, the Wiz­ard of Oz pro­duc­tion to casino nights, crit­ter dip­ping, field trips and so much more, the 110 grad­u­at­ing stu­dents have made many last­ing mem­o­ries and built valu­able friend­ships through­out their high school years.

She said it’s been a plea­sure watch­ing the stu­dents grow into ca­pa­ble and car­ing young adults and she knows they are more than ready to move on to the next stage of their lives.

“I feel con­fi­dent you are ready to leave the ‘lit­tle school on the marsh.’ You are headed for great ad­ven­tures,” said Laf­ford. “Al­though no­body knows ex­actly what lies ahead or where your choices will lead you ... I do know, how­ever, you will each leave your own dis­tinct mark on the world.”

Laf­ford paid trib­ute to Chad Alder, a stu­dent who was killed in a car ac­ci­dent in 2015 and would have been a mem­ber of the Class of 2017, with a mo­ment of si­lence dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“Chad will for­ever have a special place in our hearts and his smile will never be for­got­ten,” she said.

More than $182,000 in schol­ar­ships and bur­saries were handed out dur­ing the cer­e­mony, as well as a num­ber of other pres­ti­gious awards.


Tantra­mar Re­gional High School’s vale­dic­to­rian Max Beaver shares some words of wis­dom with his class­mates dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Con­vo­ca­tion Hall on Satur­day morn­ing. Shar­ing the stage with Beaver dur­ing the cer­e­mony was, left to right,...

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