“By discovering you, you discover the world,” she said.
Micaela Tobio, the class’s honor essayist, said “discover you” neatly described to her the process of growing up there. “High school is such a trying time for everyone, especially the teenagers that are struggling to find out who they are while being constantly bombarded by distractions and temptation,” she said. “PMA made it very easy and strongly encouraged us to try new things.”
Valedictorian Gina Amaral said the change they saw in school should be a lesson in what is to come. “Change is what life seems to be all about, though,” she said. “Just as we feel like we’re finally getting used to one thing, life decides it’s time for something else. Change can be overwhelming, yet it is inevitable.”
The next change for each of the graduates is a range of schools, including local institutions like Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College and University of Massachusetts Lowell, to Regis College, Emmanuel College, Providence College, and even Hult International Business School in London and the University of Mostar in Croatia.
Head of School Rose Maria Redman, who handed out the diplomas, said the graduates qualified for $1.5 million in scholarships, with one of them receiving a full scholarship.
After the ceremony, Christina Beveridge, who will go to Newbury College for culinary arts, said she felt amazing on her last day at PMA. “It was a long and hard adventure in my life,” she said.
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