The Class of 2012 bid farewell to East Windsor High School Friday during a graduation ceremony.
Assistant Principal Helen Thomas, who was also class advisor, told the graduates to hold memories of their time at the school closely in their hearts.
“Remember those memories for they have shaped who you are today,” Thomas said. “If there ever was a time to make a difference, to embark on doing something _ the time is now,”
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The ceremony was held at in East Windsor.
Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said though she has been with the school district for about a year, she has already learned what a tight-knit, family oriented community East Windsor is. She urged the class to pursue possibilities in their lives.
“As you leave high school and begin your adult life, you have a choice in how you see the world,” Kane said. “You can see the glass either half empty or half full.”
Kane said that Sir Winston Churchill once said a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
“Be an optimist, see the possibilities,” Kane said. “See all your possibilities.”
Class President Joseph Couture said many of his classmates want to leave East Windsor behind and start a new life. He asked them to remember what they’ve experienced in East Windsor.
“Our memories are everything we have are and we’ve had,” Couture said. “I’d like to think we’re all better for having lived here.”
Salutatorian Omar Sarwar said he remembered how lost he was his first week of high school and now how different he feels. He said the members of the Class of 2012 have gotten through whatever difficulties they faced during their four years in high school.
Valedictorian William Kehoe said the competition between he and Sarwar to have the top GPA in the class was intense. In the end, however, they both will be studying mechanical engineering at the same university, he said.
Kehoe said he sees the school differently than some other students, he saw it as his home because he spent so much time there. He said the class has a special closeness and unity.
“This year we leave the school as leaders, on a high note,” Kehoe said.
Commencement speaker George Thomas, a faculty member, said the class has athletes, artists, actors, actresses, musicians and fashion gurus. Some of the fashion gurus taught him that to be properly dressed, the brands of his clothes must always match.
Thomas said Friday night was not an ending but a beginning for the graduates.
“What is important is where you go from here,” Thomas said.