DIXFIELD — Sixty-four seniors garbed in light and dark blue gowns and coordinating caps received their diplomas from Dirigo High School on Friday night as family and friends watched.

Principal Michael Poulin said he was proud of each member of the Class of 2015.

“You’ve all made your mark in your own way,” he said. “The school and community have prepared you well. We wish you the best.”

Valedictorian Ming Feng Schnorr said his class is one that will succeed.

“Each has the potential to succeed. Imagine what we can accomplish,” he said.

While each student had family or friends there to celebrate with them, at least two had a separate fan section.


Dozens of members of the Bradbury family, all dressed in light blue and white T-shirts, cheered on Megan Bradbury. One member of the group said two years ago, when another family member graduated, they all wore hot pink T-shirts.

Generations of Dirigo or Dixfield high school graduates made their presence known, too. Among them were Albert Spaulding, Class of 1942, his daughter, Pam Newton, Class of 1967, and Aaron Newton, Class of 1990, who presented his daughter, Alexis Wren Newton, Class of 2015, with a large bouquet.

Many of the graduates are attending two- or four-year colleges. Two are joining the U.S. Army, one in July and the second in September.

One of the class speakers, Ellen Wainwright, spoke of the many positive influences her class has experienced.

“Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles,” she said. “We sit on this stage because of your continued support. Our roots are our homes, the trunks are our morals, the branches are opportunity, and the leaves are the people along the way,” she said. “We will meet both positive and negative influences. We need to understand that these people will influence us.”

Most of the students were going to attend a post-graduation party at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry.


Dirigo Class Facts

65: Graduates in Class of 2015

47: Going to college

2: Joining the military

Class motto: Ralph Waldo Emersons: “Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and lead a trail.”

Class song: “Spotlight” by Patrick Stump

How the class will be remembered: “The Class of 2015 is a group of students who have excelled in the classroom, athletics, activities and in the community,” Principal Michael Poulin said. “I will always remember them as a wonderful group of caring school citizens and students.”

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