Teacher Neil Wilkins spoke for Sargent, who entered the Alternative School as a sixth-grader and plans on attending Northern Essex Community College this fall.
“One of the most exciting things about this job is that every time we meet a new student, we can’t know whether we’ll have a few short months or seven short years together,” Wilkins said. “I am glad this one has lasted.”
Haverhill Alternative is not a typical school. DePolo said it addresses the unique needs of students who struggle in the public education system in situations that often leave them in need of more individualized education that traditional schools are not able to provide.
DePolo said this year’s class is unusually small, but that he expects a larger class next year as the school has a large group of ninth, 10th and 11th graders.
Following last night’s ceremony, parents and friends were treated to a light buffet by culinary arts students, taught by instructor and chef Oscar Mendoza.