A spir­ited farewell

The Compass - - COMPASS -

The hoots and hollers echoed through the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate gym­na­sium June 20 dur­ing the school’s an­nual prom fes­tiv­i­ties. Stu­dents were cheer­ing on their fel­low class­mates af­ter speeches, po­ems and dur­ing a slideshow that fea­tured pho­tos of the grad­u­ates now and in kinder­garten.

While just un­der 100 grad­u­ates walked with their dates in the grand march across the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated stage, par­ents wiped tears from their eyes, demon­strat­ing the pride they had in their child’s suc­cess.

A heart­felt and nos­tal­gic speech from vale­dic­to­rian El­iz­a­beth Hicks left some in laugh­ter and oth­ers in tears. She painted a pic­ture of the past three years of stu­dent life for the grad­u­ates from jokes about get­ting “pantsed” on the first day of school to say­ing farewell.

Some stu­dents were en­light­ened when Hicks de­bunked the say­ing “the best years of life are in high school.”

“I’d like to be­lieve our best years are ahead of us,” she said.

English teacher Pam Whe­lan gave a strong and emo­tional ad­dress on be­half of all the teach­ers. She left the gra­dates with a piece of ad­vice, “Dare to be dif­fer­ent, show your true colours and you will cre­ate a rain­bow wher­ever you go.”

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