MECHANIC FALLS – Ten RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2019 for meeting High School completion goals. Over 75 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as six of the graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by pianist, Lindsay Cook.
Director, Jenny Rose, shared lessons learned by staff from this year’s students, and Regional Representative Marge Kilkelly offered words of congratulations on behalf of Senator Angus King. Superintendent Ken Healey, RSU 16 School Board members, Poland Town Manager Matt Garside, and Ellen Wainwright, Staff Assistant to Senator Susan Collins, were also in attendance at the event.
Several graduates were recognized by staff with specific awards: Perseverance to Samra Nay; Overcoming Obstacles to Parker Smith; and Academic Achievement to Cassandra Myers. The Central Maine Community College Courage to Grow scholarship was also awarded to Rebekah Paschke for one 3-credit course.
Before receiving their diplomas from Teacher Susan Lasselle and Superintendent Healey, graduates personally thanked family, friends, and educators who supported them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose.
The 2019 graduates are: Kianna A. Argueta, Todd J. Lopes, Cassandra A. Myers, Samra J. Nay, Morgan L. Nielsen, Rebekah S. Paschke, Parker V. Smith, Oliver L. Strout, Jarred M. Vandeymark and Brawn D. Young