‘We’re ready to pave our paths’: Frontier graduates 97

  • Group photos with friends just prior to graduation at Frontier Regional School on Friday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Emily Laus, Class of 2019 President, addresses those gathered for Frontier Graduation on Friday evening in South Deerfield Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students walk to graduation at Frontier Regional School on Friday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students process into graduation at Frontier Regional School on Friday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students process into graduation at Frontier Regional School on Friday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier Regional School graduation on Friday night in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/8/2019 12:23:44 AM
Modified: 6/8/2019 12:23:31 AM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Retired history teacher Thomas Prew told graduating seniors Friday night to always incorporate four things into everything they do in life: perseverance, imagination, humility and kindness. Then, he gave them a final history lesson.

“Be determined,” Prew said. “Foster your imagination. Imagine what might be. Be modest, respectful and humble, not arrogant.”

He told the 97 graduating seniors that kindness does not equate to weakness, but rather, strength.

The graduates had marched onto the football field just minutes before. Some had decorated their caps and some struggled to keep step as parents, friends, relatives, teachers and underclassmen watched. But, within an hour, the first of the Class of 2019 was receiving his diploma.

Class of 2019 President Emily Laus told her classmates it was a long journey, but they did it together.

“We’ve matured physically, mentally and emotionally,” she said. “We made our mark.”

Laus told the soon-to-be graduates to look back on the great memories, but also look forward.

“We are newly born,” she said. “Life will not be easy, but we can face the challenges.”

National Honor Society representative Madison Esposito told her classmates that she will miss them, but also wishes them the very best.

“We’re ready to pave our paths,” she said. “Ready to write our stories. But tonight, sit back, smile and take it all in. Cling to the memories. This is hardly the end.”




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