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September 7, 2011

New Windham High has its first senior class

WINDHAM — Windham High School will never again have a senior year like this one.

Future senior classes may receive higher grades, score more points, hear louder applause on stage or dress better for the prom.

But the Class of 2012 will forever be special.

It is the first graduating class in school history.

"It's really cool," senior class president Matt Cotton said. "Because the opportunity we have is something very unique, to shape traditions here for the next 10, 20 years."

Principal Tom Murphy said you could feel it in the atmosphere on first day of school last week.

Windham High for the first time had all four grades in place, freshmen to seniors. Teachers reconnected with seniors for the final year.

"For a moment, there was a bit of melancholy," Murphy said. "You're preparing them for the next stage. We see that part. Most of the kids don't see that while they're here. They will get it after they leave."

This is a long, special walk for the 125 seniors.

Athletic administrator Bill Raycraft saw it with the football team he coaches.

"There's a sense of urgency with the seniors," Raycraft. "When the seniors spoke to the underclassmen, it got pretty emotional."

Coaches have brought the message to their teams. "We've spoken to all the teams about how they are setting the bar for the athletes who come after them," Raycraft said.

That's true throughout the school.

Murphy said what the Class of 2012 accomplishes academically will affect the way colleges and universities view Windham High.

So many plans are being made. First, graduation? Sometime between June 7 and 12, depending on the snowfall and the School Board.

Under discussion is whether it will be an evening or daytime ceremony.

The location?

"Here. We'll be here," Murphy said.

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