WALDOBORO — After a rainy day, the clouds parted and the sun shone down as Medomak Valley High School held graduation for the class of 2022 Wednesday, June 8, in the student parking lot at 6 p.m.

The school graduated 114 students. Fifteen students graduated cum laude, with a grade-point average of 3.33 to 3.82. Another 30 students graduated magna cum laude, with a grade-point average of 3.83 or higher.

Class President Elizabeth Swan gave the welcome and dedication. The dedication honored Kathy Swan, an educational technician at the high school and the 2022 class advisor.

Salutatorian John Owen Weber gave a speech about the teachers, friends and mentors who helped him along the way, and how proud he was of the graduation ceremony the school was able to organize. “Had my mentors not pushed me to be the best, I would never be the person that I am today,” he said.

Valedictorian Cameron Bains then spoke, recalling how far away graduation seemed at one point, and the hard work she and her mother put in to reach this milestone. “Now when I have big dreams of becoming a doctor and helping the world, I can see her smile beam with pride and satisfaction, knowing that all her sacrifices paid off,” she said.

Medomak Valley High School art teacher Brooke Holland was the guest speaker. Holland spoke of the resiliency of this class of students, and how they rose above the challenges of COVID-19. “You are coming out of the other side to reflect on what you learned during our untimely shared experience,” she said.

The school and Principal Linda Pease then honored Paris Rose Pierpont as a forever member of the class of 2022. Pierpont died Oct. 2021.

Superintendent Steve Nolan and Pease then handed out diplomas to the 114 students graduating in the class of 2022.

A recording of the graduation ceremony can be found at: https://youtu.be/t5QQYyTDZHY.