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Oceanside Class of 2021 sent out with pride

By Stephen Betts | Jun 09, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Family members gathered for the 2021 graduation for Oceanside High School at Wasgatt Field in Rockland.

Rockland — The Oceanside Class of 2021 held its graduation ceremony June 9 at Wasgatt Field in Rockland, with 116 students knowing they managed to adapt to a pandemic-challenged year.

Oceanside's graduation started with a vehicle procession across Rockland, led by police and fire trucks that went from one end of Broadway to the other.

The 116 seniors received diplomas at Wasgatt Field under sunny skies. The ceremony was delayed by one day and relocated to the athletic field from the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head because of Tuesday's intense heat.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said he struggled with what to say to the students after a year dominated by a hybrid schedule of in-person and online learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I respect the mature way you were able to adjust and deal with disappointments," McDonald said.

He said he was proud of them, as they rose to the challenges. He said the graduates are poised for the next steps in their lives.

Valedictorian Erin Corcoran and Salutatorian Alexa Barstow gave speeches in front of classmates, family and staff.

Students received a combined $228,620 in local scholarships. In addition, students received $407,591 in post-secondary financial aid.

2021 Oceanside High School Graduation Parade
(Courtesy of: Jared - CoolFireTrucks on YouTube)
Emma Young's family showed enthusiasm for their senior. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
The scoreboard tells the story. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Oceanside Valedictorian Erin Corcoran addressed the gathering. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Salutatorian Alexa Barstow spoke at the June 9 graduation. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald praised the Class of 2021. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
Class marshals hammed it up as seniors were led to their seats at the Oceanside graduation. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
The Oceanside High School Class of 2021. (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
James Weinand was recognized at Oceanside's graduation for going into the Army Reserves. (Photo by: Michael McGuire)
Colton Robinson and Lanndon Willis (Photo by: Michael McGuire)
Jordan Beal shows off her diploma (Photo by: Stephen Betts)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Jun 10, 2021 18:10

Congrats to all the grads, and kudos to all those who made this event happen at the last minute. It was a lovely evening.

Posted by: Janet Corcoran | Jun 09, 2021 18:47

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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