FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue High School graduated 172 seniors Sunday, described by Principal Bruce Mochamer as “amazing kids, young adults.”

He spoke about the reputation of Mt. Blue’s students being well-regarded. “We received eight sportsmanship awards,” he said. In speaking to the students, he implored “I want you to become you.” He urged them: “Don’t become something you’re not. Stay true to yourself.”

Class President and Salutatorian Mitchell Guillaume alluded to being part of the construction days at the Mt. Blue Campus and having to deal with the trailers, mud and rain.

He said, “I should have had more fun,” when talking about the effort he put into his course work.

Guillaume quoted from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Dare Mighty Things” speech and told his fellow students, “The future is ours.”

He elicited laughter from the crowd when he said, “No matter who wins this election, we will be the class that makes America great again!”

Class speaker Brianna McDonald spoke about her classmates’ achievements and encouraged them by saying, “We are larger than our fears.”

Valedictorian Miriam Cohen said, “Our lives are made up of not what we do but who we are.” She added, “What shaped me was being at Mt. Blue High School.” She told her fellow graduates to “relish those ‘being’ moments.”

Many parents in the audience proudly spoke about their graduates.

“We’re ready for the next challenge,” said Lisa Laflin of her son Park who will attend Norwich University for architecture in Vermont. “He had a great education at Mt. Blue,” she said.

Other graduates, including Sarah Loewen, are attending schools out of the country. Loewen will study at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. “We’re ready to have her spread her wings,” said her father, Gregg Loewen.

More to the point was Joel Chandler who was there to watch his daughter Adrienne Chandler graduate. “I’m very happy with the scholarships,” he said with a smile, alluding to the high cost of college. “Officially, Adrienne is undeclared but she’s leaning towards biology,” he added.

Mt. Blue class facts
172: Number of graduates
106: How many are going to college
47: Entering the workforce
12: Joining the military
7: Undecided
Class song: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons
How the class will be remembered: “This has many outstanding students with amazing talents,” Principal Bruce Mochamer said. “With them gone, our campus will not be the same next year. We will miss them and the energy they bring every day.”

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