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Class of 2017 says goodbye to MVHS

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 09, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Senior Kyle Winchenbach, left, places a celebratory slap on a fellow graduate's hand after receiving his diploma at MVHS's commencement ceremony June 7.

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley High School held its 49th Commencement Ceremony June 7 with graduates meeting their final high school obligation – graduation.

Addresses were given by Senior Class President Patrick White, Valedictorian Joseph Powell and Salutatorian Jane Horovitz. A special address to the class was given by Jennifer Goode, mother of senior Ian Goode.

Powell gave his classmates three pieces of advice: “Don't forget all the people who helped you along the way; don't waste your time living someone else's life; set goals for yourself, and follow your dreams.”

Click for photos from Medomak Valley's graduation ceremony.

He concluded with a few words from Steve Jobs, “Don't be trapped in dogma … don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice … have courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary.”

Horovitz acknowledged the close relationship she has had with fellow classmate – and third in the class of 2017 – Chelsea Ripley. “Despite our competitive nature, somehow we've managed to remain friends,” she said.

“Our class is like family,” she said. “Each of us has had to endure our own unique obstacles.”

She said the students' tenure at MVHS has seen many firsts and many lasts, including “our last walk through the halls of Medomak Valley as seniors.”

“When we look back on our time at Medomak Valley, it won't be our grades or our popularity ... or the clothes we wore,” Horovitz said. “Instead, it will be the relationships and connections that we've formed with each other.”

Goode spoke about life lessons from “Doctor Who” – a British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC since 1963.

She told the graduates to let life unfold, look at the beauty and not let the darkness of evil consume them. Life is full of good and bad – reminding them of the loss of a fellow classmate just prior to entering high school, as well as the loss of a beloved principal, Harold Wilson, last year.

“What strikes me, over and over, is that you guys have drawn together,” Goode said. “You never let sadness drown out the good.”

She said it is not the time that matters, it is the person. “We are all stories in the end … make it a good one,” Goode concluded.

Of the 123 graduates, 49 will be attending four-year college programs, 32 will be attending two-year programs, and five will be entering the armed forces.

A total of $265,000 in local and other scholarships was given out between Class Day and graduation.

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

Messages abound on the tops of graduation caps at MVHS June 7 as Senior Class President Patrick White addresses his classmates. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
At right, Ian Goode and Amber Hagin introduce the featured speaker at MVHS graduation ceremony June 7 -- Goode's mother, Jennifer Goode, seated at left. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A mass of seniors turn their tassels from right to left, signifying their completion of high school at MVHS June 7. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Seniors, from left, Hannah Carter, Brianna Garner, Samantha Griffin and Isabella Cross pose for a selfie prior to graduating from MVHS June 7. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sarah Harvey takes a moment to sign her BFF Hannah Anthony's yearbook just prior to graduating from MVHS June 7. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Classmates Megan Libby and Taylor McLain pose just prior to completing their time at MVHS June 7. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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