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Community cheers graduating seniors at March Through Town

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 08, 2021
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Camden Hills graduating seniors march through Camden's downtown June 7 led by bagpiper Catherine Pearce, Superintendent Maria Libby, left and Principal Shawn Carlson, right.

CAMDEN — Family, friends and community members formed cheering sections all along the 1.5-mile route of the Camden Hills Regional High School's March Through Town June 7, in celebration of the graduating class of 2021.

The longstanding event is held by the Camden community for graduating seniors who come from Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville.

Until 2020, seniors marched down Main and Elm streets to the First Congregational Church of Camden for a traditional baccalaureate ceremony.

During the pandemic, the entire event has taken place outdoors, with a longer march route so spectators can spread out. As a result, many more people have come to Camden to see the graduates march.

Groups gathered on the lawn of the Camden Public Library and the Village Green, on Main and Elm Streets, and at the end of the route on Mechanic and Knowlton streets, keeping the energy going from beginning to end.

In 2020, the march was the only event where all of the senior class could be together in one place to celebrate their high school graduation.

This year, the march returned to the tradition of being the first of several events to occur during graduation week, which culminate with the official graduation ceremony June 11.

Following Superintendent Maria Libby the Camden Hills Class of 2021 Marshals Kate Knauer, left and Sofia Mott, right, lead students down Main Street during the March Through Town. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Camden Hills Regional High School National Honor Society members wear their blue stoles and gold cords and tassels at the March through Town June 7. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Camden Hills graduating seniors add their own colors at the March Through Town on Main Street June 7. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Camden Hills Regional High School graduating seniors were cheered all along the route of the March Through town June 7. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
As Camden Hills graduating seniors round the corner at Free and Pearl streets they react to a burst of cheers and applause. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The energy is still strong as Camden Hills graduating seniors head down Mechanic Street near the end of the March Through Town route. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Jennifer Richman secured her spot on Elm Street early to cheer  on her child, Alex Richman, a Camden Hills graduating senior, during the June 7 March Through Town. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Families gather on the Camden Public Library lawn June 7 to watch the march of Camden Hills graduating seniors through town. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
People gather the corner of Mechanic and Knowlton streets near the end of the route of the Camden Hills March Through Town. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
On Knowlton Street families wait for their graduating seniors to round the corner at the end of the March Through Town June 7. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Families and friends of the Camden Hills graduating class of 2021 are in no rush to leave Mechanic Street at the end of the March Through Town. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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