SUNAPEE — Thirty Sunapee Middle High School seniors, 15 boys and 15 girls, received their high school diplomas Friday evening, June 7, in a graduation ceremony at Sherburne Gymnasium.
Diplomas were presented by Jesse Tyler, chairman of the Sunapee School Board.
Valedictorian Nicole Malanga closed her address with a list of impressive numbers documenting the time those 30 seniors had spent together in 13 years to get to their graduation night.
There were 13 years, 156 months, 8,112 weeks, 56,784 days and 1,362,816 minutes, Malanga revealed.
“That’s how long I’ve sent with most of you, and not one of those minutes were wasted,” she stated.
“We did it. We did it together.”
Malanga also had more advice for her classmates.
“As we enter the ‘real’ world, some of us are eager, some of us are nervous, and most of us are somewhere in between. I guess if I want my fellow classmates to take anything away from my speech today, it is this: Everything happens for a reason. Everything eventually falls into place. This may sound like a naïve statement, and yeah, it very well could be.
“But I just want all of you to know, that you are doing exactly what you should be doing and to not worry, because no matter if it takes one year or 50 years, you will find what you’re looking for out of life. You’re going to have to work for it, no doubt. But I have full faith that each and every single one of you will get to where you went to in this life.”
Salutatorian Blaise O’Mara featured a touch of humor at the outset of his speech.
“Apparently, you’re expected to take care of yourself when you become 18; so, I am currently in search of another set of parents to mooch off for the next 18 years. I can clean, cook, mow the lawn, stack wood…I could even be your remote control.”
He spoke of the great potential members of the Class of 2019 have.
“But, the question is, how will you use that potential? How will you distinguish yourself? How will you build your utility as a person? How will you remain the original, one and only human being you were born as?
“Each person here on stage—each person here in this building, has the answers to these questions. And it is within the depths of the individual where these answers lie.”
O’Mara told his classmates to strive to be a better person every day. “Time moves only in one direction, and you don’t want to get caught in the dust. Without adversity or challenge, life is purposeless, and frankly boring. Yet with goals and objectives, mistakes and failures, dreams and aspirations, life is worthwhile, he advised.
O’Mara also welcomed the audience to the graduation ceremony. Elizabeth Bennett and Amanda Hanson shared the class history report and Principal Sean Moynihan announced the scholarship winners. The Sunapee Middle High School Band played “Pomp and Circumstance” for the processional and recessional. The Sunapee Middle High School chorus sang “United We Stand.”
Class Marshals were Jordan Chappell and Skylar Hathorn. Class Advisors were Amanda Barton, Tom Coverdale and Dawn Emory. David Chaves was the accompanist and the music director was Dana Pruett.
Blaise O’Mara, $300, Alice Josephs Memorial Scholarship
Abigail Rowell, $50, Amanda Marie Burrill Memorial
Elizabeth Bennett, Hannah Cooney and Blaise O’Mara, $500 each, Captain Dave Hargbol Memorial
Alexis Miller, $100, Catherine T. Harold Memorial
Jacob Austin, $250, Charles K. Flint Memorial
Elizabeth Bennett, $1,000, Claremont Kiwanis Charities Scholarship
Alexis Miller, $200, David and Agnes Sherburne Memorial
Blaise O’Mara, $2,000, General Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship
Jacob Austin, $300, Herb Ripley Memorial
Ashley Heino, $200, Herbert B. Sawyer Memorial
Erin Moynihan, $200, Herbert O. Williams Memorial
Alexis Miller, $1,000, Jake Maxfield Literacy Connection Scholarship
William Keegan, $250, John M. and Della U. Emerson Scholarship
Hannah Cooney, $500, John P. Molloy Memorial
Star Lucas, $100, Knights of Pythias Scholarship
Blaise O’Mara and Abigail Rowell, $750 each, Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church Meacham Scholarships
Elizabeth Bennett and William Keegan, $500 each, Lt. Col. Raymond Patrick Smith Memorial Scholarships
Alexis Miller and Emma Platt, $500 each, Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarships
Elizabeth Bennett, Hannah Cooney and Ryan Fleury, $1,000 each, Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarships; Connor Fleury, Katherine Frederick, Miles O’Mara, Abigail Palin, William Palin, Benjamin Pollari and Samantha Rossignol, post graduates, $500 each, Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarships; Aubrey Porter, Suzanne Rickard, Taylor Santti, post graduates, $1,000 each, Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarships
Lane Smith, $500, Michael and Gaila Kennedy Scholarship
Liam Gurney, $500, Michael Nemcovich Memorial
Ryan Fleury, $1,000, Moran Family Scholarship
Elizabeth Bennett, $50, Murvin A. Bailey Award
Blaise O’Mara, $1,000, New England Red Sox Service Scholarship
Elizabeth Bennett, Hannah Cooney, Ryan Fleury, Nicole Malanga, Alexis Miller, Erin Moynihan, Blaise O’Mara, $1,000 each, New London Rotary Club Scholarships
Blaise O’Mara, $250, New London Rotary Club Service Above Self Award
Brendan Kelleher, $1,000, Prospect Hill Antiques Scholarship
Justin Claus, $100, Raymond W. Leone Memorial.
Blaise O’Mara, $5,000, Red River Charitable Foundation Scholarship.
Elizabeth Bennett, Hannah Cooney, Alexis Miller, Blaise O’Mara, Abigail Rowell, $3,500 each, Robert and Joyce Obekotter Family Foundation Scholarships
Hannah Cooney, $1,000, Sonny M. Armstrong Memorial
Lawson Boucher, $200, Steven C. Bailey Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Malanga, $1,000Sugar River Bank Scholarship
Elizabeth Bennett, Hannah Cooney, Ryan Fleury, Erin Moynihan, $250 each, Sunapee Booster Club Scholarships
Elizabeth Bennett, Alexis Miller, $500 each, Sunapee Chapter of the National Honor Society Scholarships
Ryan Fleury, Emma Platt, $500 each, Sunapee Lions Club Chuck Goyette Scholarships
Blaise O’Mara, $250, Sunapee Middle School Student Council Award
Hannah Cooney, Ryan Fleury, Liam Gurney, Alexis Miller, Robyn Salvitti, $500 each, Sunapee Seniors Thrift Shop Scholarships; Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Platt, $1,000 each, Sunapee Seniors Thrift Shop Scholarships; post graduate, $1,000,Taylor Santti, Sunapee Seniors Thrift Shop Scholarship
Hannah Cooney, William Keegan, Alexis Miller, $500 each, Sunapee Teachers Association Scholarships
Emma Platt, $1,000 Sunapee-Kearsarge Intercommunity Theatre Steven Mendelson Memorial
Matt Nangeroni, $1,000, Tom and Judy Tuohy Memorial
Abigail Rowell, $500, Univesal Physical Therapy Scholarship
Ryan Fleury, $3,000, University of New Hampshire 4-H Scholarship Program.
Elizabeth Bennett, $500, Vicki Goss Memorial Scholarship
Robyn Salvitti, $250, Wendell W. Rude Memorial
Class of 2019
Grace Elizabeth Aldrich
Jacob Michael Austin
Elizabeth Kathleen Bennett
Lawson John Boucher
McCartney James Cahill
Justin McCaul Claus
Grace Emma Clay
Hannah Elizabeth Cooney
Ryan Patrick Halpin Fleury
Madison Elizabeth French
Louise Mary Groton
Liam Henry Gurney
Amanda Kate Hanson
Gabriel Benjamin Hastings
Ashley Dianne Heino
William Patrick Keegan
Brendan Michael Kelleher
Star Alexandra Lucas
Nicole Jacelyn Malanga
Alexis Marie Miller
Erin Elizabeth Moynihan
Matthew Richard Nangeroni
Blaise Xavier O’Mara
Andre Blaze Partlow
Em E. Platt
Abigail Olivia Rowell
Robyn Jean-Louise Salvitti
Sean Edward Shisko Jr.
Lane William Smith