Camden Hills graduates class of 2014
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School held its 2014 Commencement June 6 and a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is what valedictorian Kiera Haining left as a message to her fellow classmates.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail," she said. "This is what I hope for our class, that when we go out into this world and when we find ourselves in difficult, yet exciting situations whether it be a high-powered career dilemma, a personal family matter, or literally being lost in the middle of the Maine woods on a hiking trail, I hope we take the more obscure route, to challenge ourselves, to learn more about who we are and to make something about the world a little different, and a little better as a result."
Haining left the other 178 seniors another bit of advice, "Smile often, dream big, choose wisely, keep in touch, keep your friends and family close and have the most amazing time of your lives where you end up. Forge a new trail for yourself that others will be proud to follow."
Long-time and soon to be retired teacher Faith Vautour spoke to the graduates and their parents about the journey that they are all about to embark on and echoed the words of Shakespeare:
"This above all - to thine own self be true and it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." she said. "What does this mean to you today? In a few moments you will be leaving this stage and walking out the back door amidst falling balloons, you will be forever known as graduates of Camden Hills Regional High School."
She continued,"But let me ask you, what else would you like us, your family, friends and classmates to remember about you? I'm not talking about being a great scholar, athlete or musician, and actor or mechanic. No, I want you to think about a word that describes your inner self. Is that word honesty, dependability, motivated, kind, caring, courageous, maybe lackadaisical. I feel that it is very important that you know who you are."
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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