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Southwest Central School Graduation Ceremony.

LAKEWOOD — The Central Southwest School District’s 75th graduating class joined in a sea of ​​navy blue dresses and big smiles on Friday to celebrate graduation.

After the procession set up for “Pump and Circumstance”, graduates and their loved ones gathered in the auditorium for a welcome by Senior Class Co-Vice Presidents Melissa DeVore and Senior Class Co-Vice President Emily Kimball.

The high school orchestra then performed “Star-Spangled Banner” before DeVore and Kimball introduce the guests. The class officer speech was led by class co-chairs Mary Rose Slater, Dontae Ferraro Hoose and Brendon Earl Luce. They made sure to thank their parents, teachers and role models and kept their remarks short and sweet:

“We had many bumps in the road, but somehow we all made it here,” said the three presidents. “Southwestern has given us many opportunities and helped us figure out who we want to be.”

Salutatorian Melissa DeVore, who will major in biology at John Carroll University in Ohio, then took to the podium for her salutatorian speech.

“We grew to adapt to the situations we were placed in and became who we are right now, about to close an incredible chapter in our lives, but also about to enter a new one. new”, DeVore said. “This new chapter will bring incredible opportunities and situations that will allow us to continue to grow.”

Valedictorian Ethan Livingston, who is heading to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, then addressed the audience.

“As you all prepare to step into the world, I implore my comrades to do your best to be kind to others. I know that sounds corny, but the fact is, kindness is in short supply these days. », said Livingstone. “With the current state of the world right now, people could use a little more kindness in their lives, and we all have the power to be that helping hand.”

Principal Scott A. Cooper then delivered a message to the Class of 2022 focusing on seven words to uphold: Empathy, Compassion, Kindness, Selflessness, Togetherness, Understanding, and Love.

“We wish you the best on the journey of life”, Cooper said on behalf of the district. “And we can’t wait to watch your waves of change as you dive into your life’s work and keep smiling.”

Cooper then joined Superintendent Maureen Donahue, School Board President James Butler and Director of Educational Services Molly Moore in handing out the diplomas.

After each Trojan had their diploma in hand, Superintendent Donahue led the graduates in the change of tassel, a final significant gesture symbolic of the end of their high school careers.

Deputy Principal HS/ES Matthew Kindberg, Director of Student Personnel Services Amy McCloskey, School Counselors Alexis Crytzer and Chelsey Winchester, Class of 2022 Counselors Alissa Steger and Derek Houser, Principal Class Secretary Ella White as well as the main co also participated in the ceremony. -Treasurers Teagan Shedd and Spencer Kane. Music was provided by members of the Southwestern High School Concert Band and conducted by Mrs. Jamie Sigler.

After the ceremony, the graduates and their families enjoyed traditional tea with refreshments and photo opportunities.

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