Mount View graduates 77 seniors

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 10, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Students wait for the start of Mount View commencement exercises June 9.

Thorndike — Seventy-seven Mount View High School seniors stepped up to the stage at commencement June 9, took their diplomas and embarked on a new chapter in their lives.

Some students had reservations about saying goodbye, but most showed sheer excitement of what might lie ahead. The bittersweet ceremony saw a few speakers talk about perseverance and recognized there were some students not at graduation.

Superintendent Paul Austin drew a connection between the troops on D-Day 75 years ago, and the similar age of the graduating class.

"They lived through the Great Depression, people just your age, and answered the call," Austin said.

"Strive to make a better place for all of us," he said, "And I encourage you to make a difference and become the next great generation."

Olivia McPherson, class valedictorian, said she wrote her speech, rewrote it, then threw it away saying it was difficult to represent the thoughts of the entire class. Instead, she and classmate Francesca Rocca made a video with students and faculty "so they could tell it themselves."

Some memorable comments included:

"There was a lot of kids that frankly didn't look like they were going to make it," Thomas Lynch, assistant principal said.

"Huge monumental growth," one teacher noted.

"They have caused me the most stress and the most happiness. I will miss them," a new teacher said.

Jobs for Maine Graduates teacher Hauns Bassett said,"You have a special place in my heart. You were a pretty wound-up group. I couldn't be more proud. It has been a pleasure watching you guys grow up."

"Check your emails once in a while at college," one teacher recommended.

Principal Zach Freeman commended the class on having performed more than 3,000 hours of community service collectively and said, "don't forget to respect yourself and others."

Of the 77 graduating seniors, 50 will attend college, 14 will begin employment, six will go on to military service, four will go on to other training and three are undecided.

Diplomas were presented by Austin, Freeman, Lynch and School Board of Directors Chairman Stanley Paige Ziegler to the Mount View class of 2019, which includes:

Paul Alley, Login Armstrong, Jasmine Barnard, Matthew Barnard, Israel Beaulieu, Megan Bennett, Paul Bossie, Makayla Brown, Devon Burgess, Sage Cassidy, Sierra Cole, Kamiryn Cross, Ilana Currier, Logan Curtis, Shala Davis, Etienne Desrosiers, Damien Doughty, Kevin Finley, Stephen Finley, Niamh Foley, Orla Foley, Dartagnan Foster, Alexandria Fountain, Nathaniel Fuller, and Chase Gilley.

Also, Kaleb Hodgdon, Tambre Hope, Ian Hotham, Macaela Humphrey, Carson Jean Fuller, Kamara Keithan, Madeline Knowlton, Ashley Lamorge, Emily Lancaster, Devin Landers, Mason Langer, Jordan Leino, Madison Magnant, Jackson Martin, Lindsay Mattingly, Connor Mayhew, Olivia McPherson, Ephraim Moody, Summer Morse-Brown, Emily Moulton, Paul Nadeau, Blake Nelson, MacKenzie Nickerson, Kyle Noble and Matthew Overlock.

Also, Lacey Owen, Maguire Paradis, Lindsay Penney, Payton Pomeroy, Logan Pooler, Cassidy Pound, Rachelle Ravin, Alyvia Ripley, Chase Roberts, Francesca Rocca, Caleb Ross, Andrew Savoy, Brooke Shaw, Matthew Shibles, Miranda Smith, Amy-Kate Spaulding, Camerine Spaulding, Samuel St. Onge, Jakob Sutton, Flint Swenson, Morgan Taylor, Ashton Thompson, Trent Thompson, Stella Tirone, Kyle Touchette, Jack Valleau and Brenna Vines.

 

Before Mount View High School commencement begins, students gather in the lobby for socializing and last-minute adjustments. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Students gather in the lobby of Mount View High School for the start of commencement exercises June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Graduating seniors Trent Thompson, on left, and Jack Valleau prepare for the start of Mount View commencement exercises June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Superintendent Paul Austin talks with graduating seniors before the start of commencement exercises June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Seniors wait in the wings before entering the school gymnasium at Mount View High School graduation June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Students march into the Mount View High School gymnasium for the graduation ceremony June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Class President Andrew Savoy at the start of Mount View High School commencement exercises June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Seniors Paul Bossie, left, and Caleb Ross enter the gymnasium at Mount View High School graduation June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Class valedictorian Olivia McPherson addresses the crowd at Mount View High School commencement. She ended her essay by saying, "Find your voice and make yourself heard" and "Go do some great things." (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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After the Mount View High School graduation ceremony June 9, students pile into the cafeteria and then out the door. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A large crowd gathers outside after completion of the Mount View High School commencement exercises June 9. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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