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    Monday, July 22, 2024

    Stonington High grads told to take ‘advantage of this unbelievably unlikely chance’

    Luke Scahill kisses his diploma during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Alexandria Howe celebrates receiving her diploma during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    William McCann bows after receiving his diploma during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates cheer for a classmate during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Class Marshalls Grace Duggan, left, and Peter Wronowski wait for the procession to start during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates lead the recessional during Stonington High School’s graduation at the school’s Donald E. Palmer Field on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    School: Stonington High School

    Number of graduates: 129

    Ceremony location: Stonington High School, Donald E. Palmer Field

    Class President Burton Corley: “The future is largely uncertain. One thing we can count on, however, is that we will be challenged. No matter our paths, there will be mistakes and setbacks. lt is important to accept this fact because "That's Life." Alongside these challenges, there will be plenty of amazing moments to treasure: landing that dream job, making wonderful new friends, and discovering new interests. Now, while we are young, is the perfect time to go out and try everything we can. This world is filled with so many opportunities. lt is often necessary to do things that seem difficult and make us uncomfortable before we can grow as people”

    Commencement Speaker, Retiring West Vine Street School Principal Kathryn Irvine: “Think of those who support you, uplift you, and challenge you to be your best self. Your family, your friends, coaches, counselors and teachers who didn’t let you give up. These people are your biggest fans. Cherish them. Tell them how much they mean to you. Show up for them. If they are here tonight, be sure to thank them. They are your anchors and your support system. There will be nothing more important in your life than the gift of your people.”

    Salutatorian Angelina Williams: “It's traditional in graduation speeches to share words of advice, but I don't feel entirely qualified to do so. lnstead, I think it would be more fitting to pass on guidance from math teacher Mrs. Defanti. She always emphasizes how every one of us has something to offer, and sometimes in unexpected ways. A student who fails calculus may turn out to be an excellent mechanic. Someone who struggles in English could excel in music. Whatever path we take - doctors, lawyers, artists, electricians, members of the military - we can help those around us. So find your talent, and use it to give others the same support that we've been given.”

    Valedictorian Liam Keon Haghpassand: “The odds of us living, the odds of getting the opportunity to exist, are pretty much zero. From Earth being able to sustain life at all to you specifically, out of the trillions of combinations of genes, being born, every single one of your ancestral grandparents avoided getting mauled by bears to live long enough so that eventually, you would be born. Of all the people who could ever have existed most never will. And the point I'm getting to here is that as we all go forward we're going to have to deal with bills, maybe start families, and l'm sure some of us might find ourselves in some corporate ladder or a job we don't like, whatever it is. lt's going to be easy to lose perspective and forget how lucky we are to exist at all. So don't take anything too seriously and don't let anything or anyone get in the way of taking advantage of this unbelievably unlikely chance.”

    Highlights: The class gift is a a new Stonington Bear mascot costume.

    <strong id="strong-3681924db829595c8803c04d7cb69b08">Stonington High School graduates</strong>

    Sophie Rose Addison

    Kaylei Lauren Allen

    Aidan Xavier Amaral

    Emory Bryant Anderson*

    Evan Joycelen Anderson*

    Morgan Olivia Anderson

    Zachary William Anderson

    Hailey Nicole Bassett

    Maya Lynn Bengtson

    Maeve Lawton Bennett

    Mia Michaela Joanina Bottone

    Eamonn Cook Brady

    Shawn K. Bray Jr.

    Sean James Brennan

    Camerin Marie Brown

    Lauren Marie Buckley*

    Mitchell Lloyd Bury

    Tucker Holden Callahan

    Miranda Sky Carlson

    Leah Dos-Anjos Carroll

    Tyler Alexander Chandonnait

    Ashton Wheeler Cheetham

    Dylan Thomas Cimini

    Jack D'Arcy Cleveland

    Evelyn Margaret Conley

    Burton Montague Corley

    Jack Merkley Cramer

    Christian Chase Cullen

    Erica Maureen Cunningham

    Katherine Emma Danaher*

    Majida Norah DeMartino

    Alex Jerald DePerry

    Matthew Joseph Drago

    Ava Grace Dresback

    Grace Kathryn Duggan*

    Kaylee Elizabeth Duggan

    Olivia Noelle Duhig

    Kathe Zoe Ebert

    Adam El Makhloufi

    Gabrielle Makala Ferrara

    Shya Laurae Fine

    Zoe Elizabeth Flynn

    Julia Fustini

    Ryan Daniel Gendron

    Paige Teresa Goebel

    Cameron Scott Goudailler

    Elise Lucille Greene*

    Liam Keon Haghpassand*

    Megan Marie Harris

    Oliver Bentley Head

    Jesse Quinn Hinkle

    Alexandria Marie Howe

    Kyleigh Elizabeth Hubbard

    Keagan Frank Janeiro

    William Ralf Johnson

    Angelina Nicole Kavanagh

    Julian Thomas Keena

    Brenna Arline Keilty*

    Sarina Nicole Kerfus

    Ethan Patrick King

    Marina May Kronholm

    Addison Grace Labbe

    Courtney Faith Labbe

    Cooper John Lercara

    Austen Dean Linicus

    Jake Tanner Linicus

    Anna Evelyn Lizotte-Sisk

    Andrew Martin Longolucco

    Aaron Paul LoPresto

    Diego Loyola

    Benjamin Taylor Mahoney

    Ethan Michael Mahoney

    Nathan Francis Mahoney

    Ash Lee Maloney

    Austin Lee Mayo

    Chiara Elisabeth McCall

    William Michael McCann

    Jackson Thomas McCarney

    Josephine Jasmine McDermott

    Maximus Matthew McGugan

    Naylan Matthew Meadows

    Jenny Leigh Middleton

    Abigail Rose Ann Newman

    Justin Jarrod Christian Norton

    Alexander David Ortega

    Thomas John Palmer

    Liam Brayden Payer

    Cole Michael Phelan

    Sydney Anne Plant*

    Brianna Bella Plew

    Peter Joseph Previty

    Natalia Rapple-Trochez

    So4a Leona Regan

    Dominic Marco Ritacco

    Madison Gladys Roberts

    Nina Joy Robbins

    Julian Attilio Rodriguez

    Justin Arthur Rodriguez

    Vernon Letang Romero

    Elsie Josephine Ryan

    Ahmed Khaled Salha

    Henry Maxwell Sawin

    Luke Edward Scahill

    Robert S. Scavello Jr.

    Andrew Alberto Sequeira

    Tyler Joseph Simao

    Taryn Elizabeth Simpson

    Presley Helene Smith

    Ekaterina Denisovna Snegovskikh*

    Catherine Janet Statchen

    Dylan Storm Stone

    Robert Joseph Stroman III

    Anna Kathryn Todisco

    Alyssa Shiarri Tomasso*

    Ethan Kevin Torres

    Melina Maria Torruella

    Cayden Francis Trementozzi

    Chase Michael Turano

    Matthew John Turrisi

    Sawyer Timothy Kenneth VanLew

    Wyatt James Verbridge

    Lauren Michelle Vossler*

    Nora Rose Walsh

    Christian Noah Watrous

    Andrew Robert Whitman II

    Alexa May Williams

    Angelina Kealani Williams*

    Courtney Marie Wise

    Charles Raymond Worsdale

    Peter Wharton Wronowski

    Melissa Wu

    Dane Cole Yaworsky

    *SHS Scholars

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