PAWTUCKET — Yesterday marked the 164th day of the year, the date of the great Lewis and Clark expedition and the graduation of 195 students from Charles E. Shea High School.
At 6 p.m. the atmosphere in Pawtucket was one to be remembered. Although the weather was overcast and gloomy, not a face in the crowd of soon-to-be graduates showed it. Students were overjoyed at the expedition that they were about to embark on, the moment that would forever be a piece of their past: their high school graduation.
With most graduations there comes a time when parents are asked how they can describe the feelings of seeing their children grow up and succeed. When asked to describe their emotions in three words Monday parents responded with “proud, happy, overjoyed!” It wasn't just the class of Shea High that was excited; it was also the parents who had stood behind them through the four years of high school.
The Valedictorian was dressed in school colors as she positioned herself at the microphone to address the class of 2011. Kandace Ko, who is also the President of the senior class spoke of excitement and passion for
the class she had called home for the past four years.
“With ambition and perseverance I hope we all charge on!” were her words of wisdom and passion as she prepares for a full schedule as a freshman at the prominent Brown University in the fall. She also spoke of her experience she had in April as part of the student exchange program. It was in this program that she was able to visit Hengshui High School in Hebei, China and learn how important education is for “continuing to create a bright future for tomorrow’s generation!”
Next in line to the podium was the talented and bright Salutatorian, Melitzi Torres. Throughout the past years she was a huge part in making Shea High school a place of excellence. When describing what she hoped for the class to remember as they began the next part of their lives in a tough economy was “vision.” With vision, she believed you could see over the difficult times ahead and onto a future built of hard work and determination. And as she walked off the stage, she greeted those around her with open arms. As well as the Valedictorian, Kandace, she will attend Brown University in the fall.