Searsport District High School bids farewell to graduating seniors

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Searsport District High School graduate Katelyn Mills gets a congratulatory hug from Donna Albanese.

Searsport — Searsport District High School seniors reflected on the time they spent together over the past four years and expressed hope for their own futures as they part ways and move on to the next chapter of their lives.

The graduation ceremony for the SDHS Class of 2014 took place Sunday afternoon, June 8 at Searsport District High School.

Senior Class Co-President William Hosmer delivered the welcome address, in which he described his own class as "strong and united."

Hosmer also extended thanks on behalf of his class to the school community for the ongoing support he and his classmates received during their time at SDHS.

"We have our families, teachers, friends and role models to thank for being up here today," said Hosmer. "Thank you all."

Senior Julian Cross told the audience about his experience transferring to Searsport District Middle School as a seventh grader, and how that move changed his life for the better.

"A few weeks into my seventh grade year, I met my best friend," he said.

Cross said he is grateful to have met many new friends since starting school in Searsport, and thanked his classmates for welcoming him into their lives and their families.

Cross, quoting Batman, delivered his point that anyone in his class is capable of doing anything they set their minds to, no matter what their circumstances.

"It's not what I am underneath but what I do that defines me," said Cross. " ... At every twist and every turn there will be a decision. The choices we make will define us."

Senior Calisha Boynton told the audience that when her first grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she declared she would be a ballerina.

The problem with that plan, recalled Boyington, was that she never considered herself a dancer and had never once taken a dance class.

While she and her classmates have selected their chosen paths for the future, with some planning careers in medicine and science and others joining the military or entering the workforce, Boyington said the future could still bring many surprises for all of them.

"We are still in the process of becoming what we want to be," she said.

The following is a list of the seniors who received diplomas that Sunday's commencement exercises:

Mariah Jasmine Albanese, Gimy Boktor, Calisha Storm Boyington, Alicen Claire Brooks, Kortney Colson, Candy Gail Cook, Allyson Jordan Corriveau, Wayne Bruce Cousins III, Julian Dmitri Cross, Ida L. Eriksson, Emily Marie Evans, MaryBeth FitzGerald, Kelli Erin Gibbs, Briana Kaitlin Grant, Kyle Matthew Grant, Nathaniel Garland Gray, Jaci Glen Harriman, Jacob Hill, Tyler Ray Hills, Alex Hooper, William David Hosmer, Libby Olga Lane, Katelyn Emily Mills, Dana Robin Moulton, Karanda Ann Newbert, Shauna Marie Noble, Natalie Elsie Nugent, Jessica Ray Pendleton, Mark Robinson II, Joshua Richard Seekins, Matthew Irving Stone, Arianna Jade Tang and Allison Rose Walker.

Searsport District High School graduate Alex Hooper accepts congratulations from friends and family. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Some graduates announced their intentions for the future as part of the artwork on their caps. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
With prompting from Searsport District High School Principal Brian Campbell, members of the Class of 2014 complete the ceremonial turning of their tassels. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Senior Katelyn Mills does a little dance on stage after accepting her diploma. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Senior Natalie Nugent loses her cap, but not her smile, after receiving her diploma. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Julian Cross raises his diploma in celebration as he exits the stage. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Calisha Boyington and Emily Evans exchange congratulatory smiles. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Senior Mariah Albanese flashes a smile at the crowd after accepting her diploma. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
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