WOODSTOCK – It was time to take that walk.
Some did it in perfect balance atop high heels, others a little shakier. Some did it in loafers or sneakers and others flipped and flopped along. No matter their method, all 159 graduates had the same locale in mind. Final destination, their futures.
Marian Central Catholic High School bid farewell to its 2014 senior class Friday night within the confines where it all started, the four-year jog that after you blink seems like a sprint.
“We’re all very excited to create our own paths,” class salutatorian Charles Shin said. “Motivated. That word pretty much sums up our class.”
That motivation will serve them well as they enter a world so very different from the one their parents faced.
“The challenge will be finding our individual niche, our role,” Shin said. “Technology will present many advantages and challenges for us. We’re all so wired in and there’s always that need for technology, for advancements. We’ll be the first exposed and the first to harness it.”
Class valedictorian Bethany Bucci urged her fellow classmates, whom she fondly referred to as “my seniors,” to be prepared. Bucci commended the Marian teachers and staff for bestowing the proper tools on their students to do just that.
“Marian has instilled strong values in us: integrity, honesty, compassion,” Bucci said. “We were fledglings thrown from the nest and Marian has taught us to fly.”
Fellow class valedictorian, Anthony Fitzpatrick, gave a speech thick with advice, inspiration and quotes from the likes of Isaac Newton, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau.
“There remains much to do, much to accomplish. This is only the beginning,” Fitzpatrick said. “Always live with purpose and conviction. Do not be afraid to live.”
The 2014 class boasts 37 state scholars and was awarded $19,083,000 in scholarships, a school record.
“This was a very dedicated, hardworking, focused group. This class was incredibly driven,” Principal Charles Rakers said.
In line with Bucci’s request, Rakers said he encouraged his seniors to be prepared for now and the future.
Now alumni, the 2014 graduates wore their red and blue for the last time but will forever be Marian family, forever Hurricanes.