Souhegan High School celebrates 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:
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