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    Sunday, July 21, 2024

    ‘Failing is perfectly okay,’ the message to Waterford graduates

    Luke Bozarth celebrates as he walks across the stage to receive his diploma during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Graduates listen to one of the speakers during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Phoebe Brown receives her diploma from Pat Fedor, chairperson of the Waterford Board of Education, during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Chris Landry, left, director of athletics and student activities, applauds the graduates and Emma Way, center, smiles during the processional of the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Salutatorian Payton Smith speaks during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Graduates Tristan Beltran, left, and Darren Guppy take a selfie while waiting for the start of their commencement ceremony to begin at Waterford High School Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Valedictorian Vaysi Sharma speaks during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Graduates Emily Johnson, left, and Skyler Jones pose for a photo with Waterford Police Department comfort dog Hodges, wearing a mortarboard, taken by Officer Eric Fredrics while waiting for the start of the commencement ceremony Friday, June 15, 2024, at Waterford High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Graduates sit on stage in the auditorium during the Waterford High School commencement Friday, June 15, 2024, at the high school. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    School: Waterford High School

    Number of Graduates: 165

    Ceremony location: Waterford High School auditorium

    Valedictorian Suhana Sharma: “Today is a day of celebration. We celebrate reaching a major life goal: a completion of secondary education. We are equals and today we stand ― or rather we sit ― proud together as graduates. And while we celebrate, let us also acknowledge the other side of success: failure. Because while getting to this point, all of us here have failed. And in the future, as we chase our next goals and dreams, we will fail again and again. But here’s the thing: failing is perfectly okay. Everyone fails, even the people who are at the top.”

    Salutatorian Payton Smith: “I have set plenty of goals for myself throughout high school to reach this point. Of course there were academic goals. Straight As, to try new subjects. Getting through physics without freaking out every single day. I would say that goal was achieved about 75% of the time. On a more serious note, I wanted to find the people I would be friends with for life. I wanted to try new things. I wanted to experience as much as could. I wanted to cherish my years as a teenager before the next step in my life. And I can excitedly and gratefully say that I have. I hope you all did too.”

    <strong id="strong-0a75fceefce2e04ae689bcbf94b5fb71">Waterford High School graduates </strong>

    Yana Abramova

    Yasmine Maricela Ahearn

    Eden C. Alexander

    Sidney Annisha Alexandre

    Logan M. Anderson

    Lea Elisabeth Arnold

    Caden Elias Arruda

    Ian Christopher Balfour

    Gracie Marie Bartelli

    Zachary M. Bartkowski

    Nora M. Bartkowski

    Jacob J. Beardsley

    Cooper Stephen Bellos

    Tristan John Beltran

    Jaden Benitez

    Jake Eric Benvenuti

    Cole S. Berry

    Karas Renee Boluch

    Jonathan Way Booth

    Thomas Edward Bourez

    Luke Cameron Bozarth

    Cameron Eire Brown

    Phoebe Ann Brown

    Anabel Bueno

    Analys Bueno

    Emerson Jeanne Bunnell

    Tighe Lawrence Burridge

    Nathan T. Campbell

    Jolina Violet Campisi

    Jordi Cassar

    Kaden Sagawa Casteel

    Sonibel A. Cepeda

    Eli James Champion

    Nataly Chan

    Catherine Chen

    Elliot J. Childs

    Allison Cioci

    Frank Emanuel Cirioni

    Alexa Simone Collins

    Thomas J. Corbi

    Victoria Ann Louise Danz

    Allison K. Dazy

    Lilliana Skye DeJesus

    Xavier J. DelGrosso

    Paul John Deon, Jr.

    Francesca R. DeSantis

    Louis Edouard Alexandre Dhervilly

    Marializ Diaz

    Jase Anthony DiBuono

    Kal A. Dioquino

    Clare C. Donnelly

    John Daniel Donnelly

    Kennedy C. Dunican-Benoit

    Aidan Riley DuPont

    Mohammad Sadra Farmani

    Jamie Rachel Gannon

    Cole Joseph Gaynor

    Isabella Rose Geer

    Aubrielle J. Girard

    Daniel Kevin Girard

    Javier Enrique Gonzalez

    Maddy Gorra

    Kolby J. Gray

    Darren Guppy

    Sarah Hage

    Alistair J. Haglund

    Isabela Isis Haque

    Aeracura Harney

    Dominick Armando Hedge

    Hunter John Heikkinen

    Megan Herrera

    Fern Lilly Hill

    Kecelia Elaine Marie Hill

    Amarys Jimenez

    Alivia J. Johnson

    Emily-Rose Johnson

    Skyler R.M. Jones

    Simon KC

    Kayla Rose Kelly

    Farrah Alexandra Kelly-Driss

    Cole Daniel Kempke

    Kla W-O Key

    Roberto R. Kiefer

    Brianne Mary Kilcomons

    Bomin Kim

    Michael Anthony Kirchhoff,Jr.

    Josaphina Lee Klusek

    Sean Michael Kramer

    Tenzin Kyijong

    Lillian Rose Labrie

    Madison Blanche LaForte

    Jeremiah Laguerre

    Nicholas M. Lambert

    Emerson Jean Lane

    Lara K. Lanuza

    Quinn Fischer LeBelle

    Alyson Nicole Jalynn Lewis

    Chase Benjamin Linski

    Michelle Siqi Liu

    Jace Martin

    Melanie Rose Martin

    Joseph A. Mayer

    Oscar A. Menjivar-Zelaya

    Harley Jayson Mish

    Jonathan Christopher Mitchell

    Lauren Mary Montanari

    Juan Carlos Morel, Jr.

    Connor James Motzko

    Jax Bentley Murray

    Aidan M. Neal

    Griffin D. Neal

    Cienna Joelle Nummy

    Avyn C.G. Oehler

    Emily Marie Orga

    Giovanni T. Ortiz

    Madeline Mackey Parent

    Jaden Peck

    Samuel Trevor Pennington

    Emilia Andria Podeszwa

    Kendall Lynn Potts

    Devon Powers

    Colton Jack Price

    Ysabella Elizabeth Radecki

    Julissa Christina Ramos

    Molly Anne Reilly

    Rebecca Lynn Roarke

    Carlie Grace Robinson

    Amaris Elisa Rosado

    Zachary Edward Ruest

    Jamison Quirino Rush

    Saeeda Habiba Samed

    Elizabeth Jane McCullough Saucier

    Julian T. Secchiaroli

    Thalia CheyAnn Senkewitcz

    Coby James Sestrom

    Vaysi Suhana Sharma

    Samantha Ann Silva

    Maple Xin-Yi Siu

    Murray Catherine Smathers

    Emma Amelia Smathers

    Oliver Rene Smith

    Payton Louise Smith

    Zachary LeRoy Smith

    Quinn Speller

    William O. Stahl

    Peter Andrew Stchur

    Grace Elizabeth Stilphen

    Porter D. Swenson-Cardwell

    Nanyelis Tellado

    Camryn Arcadia Thibodeau

    Rhys Evan Tickner

    Ava Grace Tinnerello

    Jacqueline Jade Tran

    Caleb Michael Turner

    Lukas Matthew Turner

    Sophia Mairead Turpin

    Luciana Maria Valencia

    Emma Catherine Way

    Eva Weir

    Noah James Westkott

    Marie Roseanne Wohlforth

    Hishaam Khan Yousafzai

    Jay Patrick Zimmermann

    Zoe Kathryn Zito

    Isabel Marie Zweir

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