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Camden Hills graduates Class of 2016

By Dwight Collins | Jun 11, 2016
Photo by: Dwight Collins Class marshals Willow Grinnell, left, and Shawn Albertson lead the graduating class of 2016 from Camden Hills Regional High School June 10.

Rockport — The sixteenth class of Camden Hills Regional High School marched across the stage and received their diploma at exercises held June 10 in the gymnasium.

Dr. Nick Ithomitis welcomed family and friends by reading notes left by parents at the senior breakfast earlier in the day and Senior Class President Tristan Fong made the opening remarks.

Class Salutatorian Harper Gordon spoke about the things she would miss about the community and thanked all of those in the extended community for their continued love and support. To her classmates, Gordon said that now is their time.

"This community has raised an amazing graduating class. Our class has so many individuals who have brought happiness and warmth into my life who I will truly miss being able to see day to day," She said. "With all of your help, we have all blossomed into people who will change the world by bringing happiness, drive, intelligence, compassion, and integrity to whatever we do and to the people around us. Having been raised together by this amazing community here in the Midcoast, we're ready. We're ready to step out into the world, and give back what was given to us by all of you in the audience today."

She added, "So thank you, for being the teachers, the parents, the mentors and the loved ones who have built this amazing class sitting behind me, because every single of us is going to touch the world in a way that is going to make it a much better place."

Class Valedictorian Alicia Lam's speech touched on the work ethic instilled by her parents who came to the United States 20 years ago, not even knowing the language to owning a small business. She also spoke the color red and the tradition it carries and what it symbolizes to her.

"When I think about Camden Hills Regional High School, I think of the color red. Its brilliance is eye catching. You can't miss it," Lam said. "These bleachers, our yearbook, our sports uniforms, and even the slips of paper that hold our pictures on the windows in the office are red. The American flag is striped also with red. I have known red to be the color of fortune and prosperity. When my mother got married, her wedding dress was red, as well as the bed she would be sleeping on."

She added, "I hope you remember that red will always have a place in your heart, because it is one of the colors you have grown up with here. Prosperity and hope has guided your life this far, and may it always stay with you."

Olympic Gold Medalist in 2008 and former Camden Hills student Anna Goodale gave the key note address and told the class of 2016 to "dream big, work hard."

"When you try something new, ask yourself, is this my passion, do I want more?" she said. "Am I willing to learn and experience everything that this experience has to offer me? You can go anywhere and do anything. How will you know what to do? My advice to is try it. Go for it. See what happens. When you find something you are passionate about, run with it. You might have already found that thing that you will have that passion for. Run with it, dream big."

She continued, "Experience all possibilities. There is never a good reason to shrink yourself. Or your dreams. If you can think it, you can make it happen."

Of the 158 graduates, 117 are headed to college in the fall, 28 are taking a gap year or are undecided, 10 are entering the workforce and two are joining the military — with one entering the U.S. Navy and one entering the U.S. Marine Corps.

Prior to graduation, seniors, from left, Taylor Crosby, Jacob Chamberlain and Kyle Glass gather for a photo to remember the moment June 10 at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Casey Gilman, left, and Josh Shea take in the moment minutes before graduation exercises began June 10 at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Sarah Mitchell, left, Taylor Peasley, Abbey Shields, Matt Thibodeau and Larry Toler take one last group photo prior to graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Members of the class of 2016 take last minute group photos prior to graduation June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Harper Gordon, left, and Eli Smith pose for a photo prior to graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
The class of 2016 from Camden Hills Regional High School stand for the playing of the national anthem during graduation June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Principal Dr. Nick Ithomitis welcomes family and friends to the 2016 graduation of Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Senior Class President Tristan Fong makes the opening remarks during the 2016 graduation at Camden Hills Regional High School June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Class Salutatorian Harper Gordan speaks to the friends and family in attendance the the 2016 Camden Hills Regional High School graduation June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Class Valedictorian Alicia Lam gives her speech during graduation exercises held June 10 at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Goodale and alumnus addresses the class of 2016 at Camden Hills Regional High School June 10. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Jason Pierce receives his diploma from Principal Dr. Nick Ithomitis June 10 during graduation at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Nicholas Tassoni can't control his excitement after receiving his diploma June 10 during graduation at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Juliana Haynes is all smiles after receiving her diploma June 10 during graduation at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
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