MANCHESTER — The Class of 2014 is a fabric made up of many kinds of students, all on a journey to do their best and succeed in whatever life brings them.
That, according to school officials, is why this year’s graduating class was one of hard work, respect, community pride and spirit.
Londonderry High School celebrated its 35th annual commencement last night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Principal Jason Parent greeted the 389 graduating seniors and said this class excelled for many reasons.
Parent used the Robert Fulghum book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” to make his point about why he felt this group was something special.
This class was also the original class when Moose Hill Kindergarten opened in town and the first to receive high school diplomas.
“Share everything,” Parent noted, using Fulghum’s words from the book. “You shared with the rest of the student body what it means to be a true Lancer.”
Other quotes from the book included “play fair, say you’re sorry, live a balanced life, and be aware of wonder,” all good sentiments, Parent said, to describe the graduates.
“You care about each other, and care about helping others,” he said.
Parent told the graduates to remember that book about kindergarten and use the words wisely as they live their lives.
“No matter how old you get, it’s best to hold hands and stick together,” Parent said. “That’s what you’ve done in your lives and it’s served you well.”
Valedictorian Cassidy Litch told her classmates not to forget their high school years and to think big because good things will happen.
She spoke on her own life fears and obstacles through her years, including that first nervous trip to the beach, a swing ride over a rocky canyon, and learning to drive for the first time.