LAWRENCE – Each speaker on the podium at Greater Lawrence Technical High School’s graduation last nigh reminded the class of 2014 not to lose sight of what they love.
Valedictorian Alexander Eden of Methuen earned a 4.28 GPA over the course of his high school career, and has a perfect attendance record. Still, his studies were just a small part of the picture. In addition to serving as class president, Eden participated in math competitions, was a member of the creative writing and drama clubs and found time to volunteer at the MSPCA. During his speech, which drew inspiration from Walt Disney, he urged his classmates to “hold on tightly to (their) passions and dreams,” even if it’s only as a hobby.
“Remember that your dreams are important, no matter how far-fetched a dream may seem,” he said. “You must strive for that long-term goal, because once you achieve it, you will feel complete.”
Eden will attend UMASS Lowell in the fall and plans to become a biology teacher. Like the other speakers, he commended his classmates for choosing a vocational school, and invited them to continue to challenge the status quo.
“Show society what it truly means to live big. Set the bar as high as it can go, so you can make a dent in history,” he said.
The 295 graduates of the class of 2014 leave the school with expertise in 18 different fields, ranging from biotechnology to marketing. Key note speaker Jony Perez, a member of the Greater Lawrence Technical School class of 1991, began his remarks by mentioning the “skills gap” that prevents many high school and college graduates from being hired in the U.S. today. He commended the school for its versatile curriculum, which he said left him equally prepared to pursue a college degree or join the workforce. He expressed faith that every graduating senior will “help grow the nation’s economy.”