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Merrimack Valley

June 14, 2014

North Andover sends 330 graduates into adulthood

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“It’s nice to be recognized as Keval’s mom,” she said.

Victoria Sullivan, the salutatorian, said graduates’ fear of the future is actually a positive thing.

“I find fear to be a crucial ingredient to success,” Sullivan said. “Fear breeds courage, as Aristotle said, ‘You will never do anything in this world without courage.’ ... So my advice is to accept your fears, because the courage that it takes to conquer those fears is what will unlock the doors to greatness.”

Class president Ian Burns welcomed graduates and their abundant cheering sections with an upbeat message, in which he talked about “spending a day at North Andover High School” and the “secret life lessons that will help us later on.”

At NAHS, he noted, the question, “What day is it?” does not mean Monday or Tuesday or whatever, but rather, is it Day 2 or Day 4? A common question, he said, is, “What time does this period end?”

Burns, who will major in biology at Assumption College in the fall, said after the ceremony, “I’ve loved every minute of it,” when asked about his four years at NAHS. Besides being the class president, Burns ran cross country and did the high jump in track.

He’s also an Eagle Scout and directed the building of bog bridges at Osgood Hill for his community service project. He noted some young people look upon Scouting as being for “weird kids” but he got a lot out of it, he said.

“It’s not what they think it is,” he said.

Taylor Lee, a member of the National Honor Society, will attend Curry College, where she will study nursing. Her academic performance earned her a full scholarship, so her parents won’t have to shoulder the huge tuition payments.

“I am really proud,” said her father, Patrice Lee.

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