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Nashua North seniors urged to take risks during graduation Saturday

The Nashua High School North Class of 2014 was told that people are “the sum of our accomplishments and our struggles” by Principal Marianne Busteed when students and families gathered for the graduation ceremony at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday.

Busteed reviewed some of the grads’ accomplishments. She said the Class of 2014 earned more than $2 million in scholarships and performed 1,500 hours of community service. She also praised the senior class play, “Shrek.” ...

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The Nashua High School North Class of 2014 was told that people are “the sum of our accomplishments and our struggles” by Principal Marianne Busteed when students and families gathered for the graduation ceremony at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday.

Busteed reviewed some of the grads’ accomplishments. She said the Class of 2014 earned more than $2 million in scholarships and performed 1,500 hours of community service. She also praised the senior class play, “Shrek.”

“Be sure to be on the lookout for some of them on Broadway,”
Busteed said.

Class members also performed the first student-led flyover of Stellos Stadium for a football game last fall.

Busteed said the students made her feel at home her first year at the Nashua North helm.

“Your children – our students – are kind, sensitive, thoughtful, passionate, caring and responsible,” Busteed said to the arena audience.

To thrive, an individual must be a good scholar as well as a good person, she said.

Seniors Tristan Close, Jessica Goff, Toan Nguyen
and Andrea Summers kicked off the graduation by singing the national anthem.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau joined North faculty and students onstage for the ceremony. Superintendent Mark Conrad, along with Board of Education members George Farrington, Kimberly Muise and Steven Haas, also were in attendance.

Co-valedictorians Katherine and Sarah Swallow transferred to North from BG for their senior year and said they were welcomed by students and faculty alike. They thanked their faculty and class, and offered advice to their peers.

“Take risks. Confront what scared you head-on,” Katherine Swallow said.

“Never forget where you came from,” Sarah Swallow said. “Never forget the Class of 2014.

“Never forget you’ll always be a Titan.”

Busteed said the class speaker, John “Jack” Cody, showed exceptional class spirit and was everyone’s No. 1 choice for speaker.

Cody said he was involved in many activities but really treasured his time as the football manager.

“Principal Busteed said I’m more than a football manager – I’m a Titan spirit,” Cody said. “They say I’m famous, but I just say, ‘Thanks, I’m just lucky.’

“When I was a freshman, my goal was to graduate high school, get a diploma and go to college – which is happening now.”

He quoted Babe Ruth in closing: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

Class President Nathalia Laureano said she felt that high school flew by like a really stressful week.

“I’m so proud of each and every one of you,” Laureano said. “It was a long journey, but we made it. … I’m so honored to be a part of this class. We’ve accomplished so much.”

Senior class officers presented a slideshow they put together of their last year at North.

Laureano said each student handed Busteed a Lego piece as the diplomas were presented to symbolize the building of North’s community.

“I want to wish each and every one of you the best luck in the future,” she said.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).