Twenty-seven RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 3rd, for meeting High School completion goals. Nearly 150 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by pianist, Sherilyn Foster.
Graduate Janelle Kogut delivered the inspirational message, sharing her personal journey through shyness and messages of self-doubt to pride and confidence in what she has accomplished. She shared her thoughts on finding success through alternatives and ended with the quote by an unknown author, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
Several graduates were recognized with specific awards: Tutor, Terryl Jensen together with Patricia Demers awarded the RSU 16 Adult & Community Education Association scholarship to Emily Wardwell. The Central Maine Community College Courage to Grow scholarship was awarded to Melinda Straight by College Transitions Instructor Amy Hatch and CMCC Academic Advisor Bobbi Burke; Teacher Susan Lasselle and Career Advisor Katie Paiton also presented awards to Beverly Morin for Perseverance, and Meghan Green for Overcoming Obstacles.
Before receiving their diplomas from Superintendent Tina Meserve, graduates personally thanked family, friends, and educators who supported them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose. In closing, Director Jenny Rose encouraged graduates to spend time thinking about what comes next in terms of goals, action steps and making progress toward them.
The 2016 graduates are: Christopher J. Foster, Zeb S. French, Joshua K. Gammon, Meghan R. Green, Edward R. Heath III, Joshua A. Knight, Janelle K. Kogut, Tyler R. Labonte, Taylor D. Landry, Kevin W. McBean, Dylan J. Messer, Alana L. Michaud, Brandon C. Mitchell, Keith A. Mitchell, Jayla Monaghan, Beverly J. Morin, Melanie M. Oviedo, Joseph B. Pelletier, Cody A. Russell, Allen R. Smith, Melinda A. Straight, Kendall R. Timberlake-Golding, Emily L. Wardwell, John P. Wardwell, Jacob D. Woodward, Anonymous (2)