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New Hampshire

June 15, 2014

Veterans, time honored in Timberlane graduation ceremony

PLAISTOW — With 18 million seconds logged at Timberlane Regional High School, the class of 2014 was cautioned to not let the next 2 billion seconds pass them by.

Timberlane Regional High School graduated 333 seniors at its commencement ceremony yesterday.

The ceremony was punctuated with several themes, including one of time from valedictorian Nicole Dill.

“The great Albert Einstein himself said, ‘time is an illusion,’” Dill said. “Despite this fact, we humans are obsessed with it. We’re never happy with how much of it we have. We always want more.”

Dill told her classmates that it would be individual memories — friendships formed, achievements obtained — that will stand out as life goes on.

“Don’t let these past four years define you. Though 18 million seconds may seem like a lot of time, but when compared to your whole life, it’s really not,” Dill said. “At the end of the day, your grades and class rank won’t matter anymore, and all that will remain are those moments in time and the memories that will last forever.”

Military played a visible theme in the day, with several graduates getting their diplomas from family serving in the military.

Among them was graduate Megan Voisine, who’s brother Cody returned from active duty with the U.S. Navy in Saudi Arabia to hand over her diploma. Cody Voisine’s return home was a surprise to the entire family, they said.

Timberlane Regional School Board Chairman Nancy Steenson also called attention to military sacrifice in her remarks to the graduating class.

“Every Memorial Day, we’re reminded that many brave men and women have died to protect our individual freedoms,” Steenson said, “one of which is the right to speak up for what we believe in.”

The graduates also gave a standing ovation to graduating senior Trevor Davis, who is battling cancer. He crossed the stage by wheelchair to receive his diploma as his classmates clapped and cheered him on.

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