Shelton High students receive their diplomas: ‘We will find our way’

Balloons, flowers, hugs and high-fives were in abundance on Monday night as about 350 students received their diplomas from Shelton High School. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The ceremony took place outdoors with perfect weather at Shelton High’s Edward Finn Stadium.

Valedictorian John D. Hunter told his peers not to be afraid to learn and grow as they continue on in life, taking some chances along the way. “The one constant is change. Do not shy away from it,” Hunter said.

Salutatorian Hudson D. Boles encouraged students to always “press on” as they face challenges, enabling them to better enjoy the “sweet taste of achieving a goal” because of all the work involved in doing so.

Class essayist Gregory A. Martin Jr. said to all his classmates receiving their diplomas, their presence at commencement shows that “you have the drive to reach your desired goal.”

Class President Liam P. Cummings said class members they had persevered through good and bad in high school, and will do the same in life. “Yes, we will get lost along the way ... but we will find our way,” Cummings said.

Headmaster Awards for excelling and contributing in school were presented to Carly A. Seamon and Matthew S. Manzo.

In addition to Hunter and Boles, the other top 10 students academically in the class also were recognized: Victoria C. Begley, Gajaan K. Sittambalam, Kristian R. Schif, Alice Yih, Rigel M. Mahmood, Carly A. Seamon, Ian M. Juncker and Joshua G. Kreitler.

It was announced by a representative of the Army that graduate Michael T. Ortoli would attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, receiving a full scholarship that is followed by serving as an Army officer for five years.

The graduates also heard words of wisdom from Mayor Mark Lauretti, Board of Education Chairman Mark Holden, School Supt. Freeman Burr and Shelton High Headmaster Beth Smith.

Look for more coverage of graduation in this week’s print edition and on this website in the coming days.