BY DONNA ALLEN
The Vermont Journal
CHESTER, Vt. – Under a crystal blue sky and brilliant sunshine, Green Mountain Union High School honored fifty-seven seniors at the Graduation Commencement on Friday evening. Seniors marched past their parents, families and friends to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the Green Mountain Band directed by Fritz Wendlandt.
Superintendant Bruce Williams welcomed the large crowd to the commencement ceremonies and said that he too would be walking out the door with this year’s Class of 2016. He told the parents that they had “ an amazing array” of young men and women. He asked the teachers to stand and be honored for the fine job they had done in educating these students.
Salutatorian Robert Haseltine spoke of his fear of giving the speech when he found out he was Salutatorian. He told the underclassmen to develop a relationship with the faculty.
Valedictorian Sarah Baker thanked the crowd for “sharing this day with us.” To her classmates, “Each day we all need to search and grow” for the Class of 2016 will make an impact.
Guest speaker, English teacher Dylan Bate spoke of this ending being so clearly a beginning with energy in the air. He recommended three things: “1) the trails out back, have at ‘em! 2) Remember poetry; an awareness of language, witness human experience. 3) Your weights, your burdens, your fears about the past, leave them here. Be present for your future travels. BUT remember where you came from.”
Awards were given out next:
Richard Farmer and Russell Farrar gave the American Legion Award of $1,000 to Robert Haseltine and $1,000 to Sarah Baker.
Mr. and Mrs. Huntley gave the Spencer Huntley Memorial Scholarship. Mrs. Huntley told of her son Spencer’s accident and said, “Don’t text and drive.” She told of his love of music and his dream of becoming a sound engineer and musician, and the fact that he did not thrive in the traditional classroom. They then presented a $1,000 scholarship to Rachel Spigel.
The Alumni Award went to Heather Morse
The Babe Ruth Awards went to Rylee Ewald and Cooper McCoy.
The following seniors received their Silver G.M.’s at the Senior Awards Night on Friday, June 10th: Lucas Trask, Mary Thompson, Madison Thomas, Megan