Updated with link to photos

Graduates embrace change, look to future after Oceanside

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham An unidentified photographer takes advantage of a photo op during Oceanside High School East's commencement ceremony June 10.

Rockland — Embracing opportunities and forging a new venture in life was the message given to the 120 graduates at Oceanside High School East's Class of 2014 during commencement ceremonies June 10.

Living by the class motto of "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul," by William Ernest Henley, the Class of 2014 was led in to the gymnasium by Class Marshals John Ferguson and Tabbitha Johnston to listen to words of wisdom and reminded of the varied roads taken to get to this final night of their high school years.

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Expect and embrace the unexpected was the message from Class President Tabbitha Johnston, who recalled the journey her classmates went through during the consolidation of Georges Valley High School and Rockland District High School.

"Little did we know we wouldn't graduate in black and orange or green and white, but together in blue and white," said Johnston.

Valedictorian Jacob Hyatt and Salutatorian Isabella Garver addressed their classmates with messages of opportunity and thankfulness.

"There is no existential GPS except the one you carry within yourself," said Hyatt. "You will figure it out."

"Don't let society shape you ... let yourself shape society," said Hyatt in closing.

Garver quoted Mark Twain, who once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

"I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace opportunities," said Garver.

"Strive to explore, dream, and discover," she said.

"Pomp and Circumstance" was played for one final time by Richard Walton, who is retiring this year after 35 years as vocal instructor in the school district.

Diplomas were awarded to the graduates by Principal Thomas Forti and guidance counselor Christopher Blackmon of Oceanside East.

Also assisting in the awarding of diplomas were Class Vice President Samantha Dienesch-Calamari and Karly Robinson, both members of the National Honor Society.

Of the seniors, 17 are members of the National Honor Society.

At the Inspiration Ceremony June 8, a grand total of $1,027,735 in scholarships and grants were awarded to members of the Class of 2014.

A link to more photographs will be added later to this story.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Alex Simmons celebrates the receipt of his diploma during Oceanside High School East's graduation ceremony June 10. Simmons was one of 120 seniors whose high school journey finished. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Brett Potts of the 2nd Calvary Regiment in Germany surprised his sister Brittany Glaude at her graduation from Oceanside High School East June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of the senior class at Oceanside High School East celebrate following their commencement exercise June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Eight-year-old Cadence Ankers congratulates her sister Taylor following graduation ceremonies at Oceanside High School East June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Class Marshals Tabbitha Johnston and  Class Marshals John Ferguson and Tabbitha Johnston lead Oceanside's Class of 2014 in graduation June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Music teacher Richard Walton plays his final performance. He is retiring after 35 years with the district. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Guidance Counselor Christopher Blackmon slips a low five to senior Angelica Hickman as she enters her graduation ceremony June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Valedictorian Jacob Hyatt tells his classmates to "follow a dream" during his address to the Class of 2014 at Oceanside High School East June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Oceanside graduate Alexandria Moreasch-Kennedy was surprised by her good friend Kendra Young who traveled all the way from Colorado to attend graduation June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Evan Billington sings with delight after receiving his diploma at commencement ceremonies June 10. He was one of 120 seniors graduating from Oceanside High School East. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Brett Potts of the 2nd Calvary Regiment stationed in Germany surprised his sister Brittany Glaude prior to her graduation from Oceanside High School East June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
One final group picture before becoming graduates from Oceanside High School East June 10. Shown are Nick Judge, Brooke Dugan, Ashley Malmstrom, Maggie Drinkwater, and Zachary Elwell. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The message is clear. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Salutatorian Isabella Garver and fellow classmates listen to Class President Tabbitha Johnston's address during commencement June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Tucker Willey shows his enthusiasm at receiving his diploma at Oceanside High School East's graduation ceremony June 10. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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