Tearful goodbyes at SDHS graduation

By Kendra Caruso | Jun 07, 2019
Photo by: Kendra Caruso Searsport District High School seniors celebrate their last moments in high school June 6 during the recessional after receiving their diplomas.

Searsport — It was a tearful goodbye for most seniors graduating from Searsport District High School on Thursday. Students stood at the graduation podium to present gifts to notable advisers and teachers and listened to heartfelt speeches by fellow students.

Of 33 graduating seniors, 24 are expected to move into higher education, seven are entering the workforce and three are joining the military. Principal Marianne DeRaps said, “We have excellent teachers who have high standards,” giving credit for the high rate of students seeking post-secondary education.

The class cheered with the crowd as students received their diplomas. The students have been supportive of each other in whichever path they choose after graduation, according to DeRaps.

“They’re really close-knit, they genuinely love each other …. At senior night they screamed for each other and were genuinely proud,” she said.

For the class recessional, they took turns pacing the room to "The Time of Your Life" by Green Day while parents snapped photos of their children's final moments of high school. Afterward, there was a reception for family and students to share a last laugh before parting into the world.

“They know when to be mature and when to be young,” DeRaps said.

Dominic Francis-Mezger has his fellow students in stitches and tears as he jokes about the adversities ahead of them and bestows advice on navigating their future.  After the June 6 ceremony he admitted that graduation always felt so far away and he doesn't feel like an adult yet. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Freshly minted Searsport District High School graduates move the tassels on their caps as is tradition in most commencement ceremonies. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Charles Spiegel, center, said it felt surreal to be graduating from high school.  "It hadn't quite hit me yet, until I had my diploma," he said. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Toby Allan, left, will be meeting new people at Montana State University in agriculture after graduating with students he grew up with.  "It's crazy because I've been with most of these people since first grade," he said. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Anthony McCarty Jr. said he's glad to be free of homework.  He has plans to take what he's learned from BJ's Automotive Diagnostic Center in Belfast to Washington County Community College and obtain an automotive degree. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Chad Fairbrother said it feels pretty good to be graduating.  He plans to obtain work as a plumber in Waldo after graduation. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Seaside Chorale's two graduating seniors, Kimber Mace and Bradley Arsenault, at microphones during SDHS commencement June 6.  The group sang "Homeward Bound" and "The Parting Glass" during the ceremony. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Students laugh with each other and celebrate while walking out of the gym as high school graduates at Searsport District High School June 6. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Principal Marianne DeRaps said she sang the original song "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan as a tribute to Searsport District High School's 2019 graduating class because their eighth-grade graduation song was the newer Rod Stewart version. She thought the original was more suitable because the students are older now and more grown up. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
Flag Bearers Jenna Keach and Rebekah Mellor lead the marching seniors at Searsport District High School graduation June 6. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
SDHS graduates depart with diplomas in hand, ready for what's to come next in their lives. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
SDHS seniors are all smiles as they enter the world for the first time as high school graduates. (Photo by: Kendra Caruso)
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