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Souhegan High School celebrates class of 2019

Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON While waiting for the Friday Souhegan High School graduation ceremony to commence, Khaled Nazeer blows a bubble out of his goody bag.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Graduating Souhegan High School seniors Madie Morrissette and Josh Lacaillade enjoy the occasion prior to the Friday ceremony.
Souhegan High School valedictorian Jennifer Ladd speaks to her classmates during their graduation ceremony.
Telegraph photo by MATHEW PLAMONDON Nora Breckenridge fires a water pistol as she and her classmates enjoy graduating from Souhegan High School on Friday.

AMHERST – Students, along with their teachers, friends and family members, gathered on Calvetti Family Field on Friday to celebrate the graduation of the Souhegan High School class of 2019.

With a an atmosphere of joy, students bounced beach balls, blew bubbles and sprayed water pistols at each other as they settled into an evening. Valedictorian Jennifer Ladd, Salutatorian Jacqueline Chistolini as well as two beloved faculty members would address the students for the last time before they move onto their next stage of life.

Both the school’s retiring Principal Rob Scully and retiring gym teacher Mike Beliveao, known as “Coach B,” spoke fondly of their time at Souhegan, as well as the support they have for the 2019 graduates.

“We love to focus on things that are perfect,” Scully said addressing the crowd in a humorous, emotional speech to the students. “I’m here to tell you on a night when we are celebrating and recognizing your 12-year effort to be accomplished, to be successful, to be perfect.

“We are not and that’s OK,” Scully said.

“The world is not full of perfection,” he continued. “It is, however, in need, in great need, of warm compassionate collaborators, looking to empower their mind body and heart to respect and encourage the rights of others.”

Souhegan High School

Souhegan High School graduated 178 seniors during its 26th commencement ceremony, Friday at Calvetti Family Field in Amherst.

Class Valedictorian: Jennifer Ladd

Class Salutatorian: Jacqueline Chistolini

Awards and honors follow:

TOP AWARDS

U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Awards: Jennifer Ladd, Ian Lewis

National Merit Scholars:

-Finalists: Ian Lewis, Grace Morton, Sophie Unger

-Commended: Nicholetta Hitt, Mitchell Jacobs

Community Service Award: Emma Vordenberg

Community Council Awards:

Moderator: Daria Dzen

Treasurer: Seth Facey

Clerk: Mitchell Jacobs

School Board Representative: Joseph Bennett

Extra Executive Student Representative: Abigail Keeney

Athletic Sportsmanship Awards: Vincent Bowman, William Drake, Hannah Rowe

Marine Athletic Excellence Awards: Shannon Paquette, Nathan Stine

Milford Rotary Athletes of the Year: Tyler Hall, Arielle Zlotnick

Dr. Robert Mackin Award: Kristiana Dibble

Ben Hedges Award: Jules Thenin

Cleve Penberthy Award: Daria Dzen