GMUHS grads urged, Don’t settle’
By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer | June 21,2014
Photo by Len Emery
Salutatorian Rachel Martel, right, addresses the class of 2014 during graduation ceremonies Thursday night at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester.
On a perfect June evening, 58 Green Mountain Union High School seniors accepted their diplomas and turned their tassels toward the future.
The outdoor ceremony in Chester featured speakers on a stage upon a small knoll as the graduates in their green and white robes sat with the red brick building as a backdrop.
Those graduates were reminded by Valedictorian Marjorie DesLauriers that as they head out to the world, they will choose what part of their high school memories they would take with them and what they do with their experiences.
“Not what you got but what you gave, and not what you learned but what you taught,” DesLauriers said. “When you look back on high school, look back on the transformative moments. Those are the moments that matter. Choose to live a life that matters.”
Salutatorian Rachel Martel told her fellow graduates to pursue their dreams and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.
“Graduating seniors, don’t settle for what’s comfortable,” Martel said. “When you find yourself in a new situation, don’t settle because you’re OK with it. Do what enriches your life and truly makes you happy. Take advantage of every possible opportunity that comes your way.”
The graduates chose one of the two class advisors, Keith Hill, as their guest speaker.
Hill is also a social studies teacher and was the valedictorian of GMUHS in 1999. He pointed to Aug. 7, 2007 as an important point in his relationship with the graduating class.
“That’s when we both started the seventh grade,” Hill said. “And as if one year were not enough, I joined you in the eighth grade as well.”
Hill was one of several speakers who mentioned the class of 2014’s penchant for selling fried dough through the years.
“We fried more dough than lies in the bounds of human decency,” Hill said.
He shared some heartfelt thoughts with the graduates as well.
“Here we are at the end, and the beginning,” Hill said. “We become aware that one cannot exist without the other. It has been an honor to be even a small part of your life experiences to this point. I expect great and wonderful things from all of you.”