A spirited farewell
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.”