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Harvard's class of 'unlucky '13' not so unlucky

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(Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com)
Graduates Erick Finke (left) Henry Froehlich and Justin Fuller throw up their caps Tuesday during Harvard High School's 2013 commencement.

HARVARD – Here's what Room 111 will remember: Randi's enthusiasm, the movie "Excalibur," ridiculous multiple choice answers and The Canterbury Tales.

Room 27 will think back to the stock market game, the budget project, business law case studies and the way they all marveled at Kiersten's design.

Each room and each classroom conjures memories from Harvard students whose high school careers came to a close during an outdoor ceremony Tuesday night. During her commencement address, Sara Weaver, a science teacher at the school, passed along some of what she'd collected from students. Not long after, a black-gowned senior class of about 150 became graduates as dusk settled on Harvard High School's football field.

"I hope this trip down memory lane inspires you to see yourselves as lucky, rather than unlucky," Weaver said.

The class nicknamed themselves "unlucky '13," Weaver noted, because they're the last class that won't get to reap the benefits of upcoming renovations to add air conditioning, among other things.

"Be grateful for the opportunities that you have had within that great old building – the relationships that you have built and the lessons you have learned, both good and bad," she said.

Weaver shared the commencement address with Class Counselor Jim Bosworth after family and friends filled the bleachers and lined the west side of the stadium's fence.

Class President Henry Froehlich, valedictorian Randi Blazier and salutatorian Ashley Wynstra also addressed their classmates, who collectively earned more than $500,000 in scholarships.

"As we walked through the doors of our high school the first day of our freshman year, we could have never known how close we'd become," Blazier said.

Wynstra congratulated her classmates, but added that this was "the easiest part of your life." She urged her classmates to let their experiences shape their future endeavors.

"When you leave here today, don't forget about your past," Wynstra said.

She also offered an answer to the obvious question that stating you're a Harvard graduate will elicit: that Harvard?

Simply reply, "Do you know of anywhere else?" she said.

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