Seven graduate in Islesboro

Jun 12, 2017
Courtesy of: Sen. Angus King's office Sen. Angus King with Islesboro's seven high school graduates June 11.

In remarks delivered at Islesboro Central School's graduation ceremony June 11, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, offered his congratulations to the seven graduating seniors of the Class of 2017 and applauded the entire island community on their success in helping the students learn, grow and succeed.

King was invited to speak to speak by one of the graduating seniors, Olivia Olson, who wrote Sen. King last September to say:

“The Islesboro Central School Class of 2017 is not a large one; there are seven of us. Nonetheless, our graduation is a community event …. Not only are the family and friends of the graduating class proud of the seniors, but the entire community is. Each person on the island helped the students who attend Islesboro Central School to grow and learn and become successful people.”

King offered the graduating students 10 pieces of advice, including: Be honest, take more risks, value your friends and family, always carry a $20 bill in your pocket, and don't write things on the internet you don't want your grandmother to see in the newspaper.

King released a video on his Facebook page after taking the ferry back to Lincolnville, in which he states:

“I’ve just gotten back from Islesboro on the ferry ... where I spent the afternoon at Islesboro High School and was honored to be the graduation speaker — seven graduates, but I’ll bet you there were 200 or 300 people in the audience. That’s 10 or 20 people per graduate.

" ... And this was very special. I do a lot of speaking at high school graduations, they’re all pretty cool, but having seven kids on a little Maine island, it’s really wonderful.”

The 2017 Islesboro graduates are John Gotham, Avery Grindle, Sage Kelly, Olivia Olson, Jazmyne Schoppe, Devin Small and Hayden Wick.

Islesboro Central School is a K-12 institution that serves the island of Islesboro, which is located in Penobscot Bay and is accessible by ferry or private boat only. The school serves 90 students — 70 on-island students and 20 magnet students.


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