Twin Valley graduates an 'amazing' 18

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WHITINGHAM — Twin Valley seniors were rooted on by family, friends, teachers and administrators as they grabbed their diplomas and prepared for their next moves in life.

"You're all amazing," Maria Page, class president and salutatorian, said to her fellow seniors Saturday afternoon at the Twin Valley Middle High School graduation.

Page said the school would not be the same without them. She noted they had spent about 700 days together in the school.

Addressing the crowd, Page said, "Let me remind you, we're all thankful for everything you've done for us."

Assistant Principal Lee Ann Monroe recommended the class of 2019 know their "why."

"Your why is your reason for everything — your drive, your passion, your north star," she said during opening remarks. "Some of you may not know your why but you will."

Olivia Genella, valedictorian, said her class had been through a lot together and all the events made them stronger. She said she hopes all the graduates will choose paths that make the world a better place.

"Life will take us in all sorts of directions," she said, "but I believe all of you can accomplish great things."

Sarah Grant, science teacher, described the class as "hardworking" and "a lot of fun."

"It's great to see you coming into your own," she said during her address.

Grant advised the graduates not to let challenges or struggles set them back.

"You will fail many, many times," she said, "but you can learn from this."

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Grant also suggested the class be kind, have compassion, forgive and have fun.

Before the ceremony, seniors were nervous.

Cole Cunningham said he was feeling "some stress, some excitement" and "a lot of different emotions." His plan is to go to Vermont Technical College and take classes to help him get into aerospace engineering studies later.

"If there's something I'm going to miss, it's Lonnie's food," he said, referring to Twin Valley Food Service Director Lonnie Paige.

Jarrett Niles, class secretary, said she was nervous but "really excited though." She has two older sisters.

"So I have a lot to live up to," she said.

Niles plans to attend Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and study radiology. She said she will miss sports and "how close we are" at Twin Valley.

"We've all grown up together," she said.

Niles and her classmates were planning to go to Project Graduation later at the school. She said students from the entire school play games all night and win prizes.

Genella received the John G. Doty Award and Russell Hanson Award. Page received the Jessica Bolognani Inspirational Scholarship, Douglas Bartlett Award and Philip E. Arnold Scholarship. Both students also were recognized with Academic Achievement Awards.

Niles, Dylan Howe and Chase Speigel and were awarded the Jarred Richard Bolognani Memorial Scholarship. Jessie Lazelle, junior at Twin Valley, received the class of 2019 gift.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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