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Oceanside graduates 113

By Michael McGuire | Jun 12, 2019
Photo by: Michael McGuire Celebrating their graduation June 11 at Oceanside High School are, from left, salutatorian Bea Weinand, Ella Finger and Annaliese Poisson.

Rockland — The rain was gone and the sun was shining brightly Tuesday evening, June 11, for the Oceanside High School class of 2019 as the 113 young men and women marched into the gymnasium at OHS. Family, friends, faculty and staff filled the room as the class filed in; the final time they would grace the halls of Oceanside as high school students. Tonight, they became graduates.

In his welcoming remarks, class President Aiden Andrews reminded classmates of just how many years had passed since they first stepped on the path of their education. He suggested that students would do well to pause from time to time and “reflect on how much we have changed.”

Principal Jesse Bartke reminded graduates that “each move you have made has been a choice. Life is a series of choices; each is an opportunity to grow.” He urged the class to “Choose to take a risk, to go on an adventure and make choices that will make the world a better place.”

The principal noted that local scholarships, grants and awards made by the RSU 13 community this year to seniors pursuing post-graduate study totaled slightly more than $680,000. Additionally, financial aid awarded by colleges and universities totaled another $880,000.

In her address to classmates, salutatorian Bea Weinand urged, “Find what you want to do, and don’t stop until you get there. You have to decide what road you want to walk, and then you have to do it. So: lean into the unknown. Change. Find what you want to do, free from outside influences, and make it happen. Redefine yourself.”

Valedictorian Abe Lemole said he hoped graduates would “follow paths that don’t necessarily lead to immediate success. ... Sometimes it is far more valuable to focus on learning rather than on grades.”

Lemole complimented science teacher Josh Mahar for “teaching me to focus on the value of learning; to see learning as our only objective.” He concluded his address with the hope that his classmates would “always trust yourself and your abilities.”

Seniors received their diplomas under a banner bearing their class motto, a quote from Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Among those receiving diplomas Tuesday night were this year’s foreign exchange students from Costa Rica, Brazil, Tunisia, Thailand, Iceland, France and Hungary.

Class Marshals Raechel Joyce, left, and Sebastian Sanfilippo stand at the ready shortly before the class of 2019 headed down the halls of Oceanside for the final time June 11. (Photo by: Michael McGuire)
Oceanside seniors show off their decorated caps. (Photo by: Michael McGuire)
Bea Weinand, Oceanside Salutatorian, urged classmates to "Lean into the unknown. Redefine yourselves!" (Photo by: Mike McGuire)
Valedictorian Abe Lemole reminded classmates to remember that "Even when success seems out of reach, look back at what you have already succeeded." (Photo by: Mike McGuire)
Members of the Oceanside High School Senior Class gathered on stage to lead fellow classmates in their class song, "I'll Always Remember You" by Hannah Montana. (Photo by: Mike McGuire)
Oceanside High School seniors Zach Cody, left, and Dustin Cote, right, are all smiles as they get ready for the march to the gymnasium and their diplomas Tuesday night. (Photo by: Mike McGuire)
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Comments (3)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Jun 12, 2019 12:05

Congratulations to Wes and your family Dan! And to all of the Class of 2019!! What changes we have seen since our daughter was a Kindergartner at MacDougal School.

Posted by: Dan Dunkle | Jun 12, 2019 10:08

Big day for the community... This batch seemed to grow up very fast!


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jun 12, 2019 07:45

CONGRATS TO THEM ALL!!!   Last night's Graduation did not seem long at all.   Thanks Mike for taking awesome pictures.

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