PHOTOS by TAMMI NAUDUS
By LINDSAY CAREY
With a rush of excitement and nervousness, the Plainville High School senior class of 2014 lined up for graduation inside the school. The group eagerly secured one another’s caps, congratulated friends and snapped selfies on their cell phones just moments before walking out onto the field.
Led by their teachers and administrators, the graduating seniors cheerfully made their way outside, many arm in arm, taking it all in together.
Salutatorian Marisa Rizzo welcomed the crowd and shared a Dr. Seuss quote fitting for the matchless feeling of graduation day.
“‘Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,’” said Rizzo quoting Dr. Seuss. “Tonight is a night that we all will never forget, sitting here beside our friends for the last time, getting our diplomas that we have worked so hard for.”
Plainville principal Steven LePage congratulated the seniors on reaching this important milestone in their life. LePage also told the students to remember that they will always be a part of the Plainville community even as they move on, by saying, “Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil.”
Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Kitching echoed Lepage’s saying and also thanked the graduates, because as they learned the ropes together— since the seniors were freshmen when he became superintendent.
“I thank you for your hard work and the positive mark you have made, both individually and collectively, on our high school and on our school system,” said Kitching.
Valedictorian Alicia Gorski told the graduates to remember the good times, the friends that they made, and the education they received at Plainville High. As the graduates say goodbye and move forward on their individual journeys, Gorski told her fellow students that they shouldn’t forget their journey at PHS.
“Don’t forget what we all have in common, this town,” said Gorski. “Don’t forget where you came from or what you’ve learned during your journey of life thus far. Remember your friends and family who have helped you along the way.”
After the graduates received their diplomas, families began to move on to the field.
Graduate Michele Thibodeau said she felt “relieved” to have graduated. Moving on from the small community of PHS, Thibodeau expressed her excitement to start a new life and meet new people in college. Although, she said she will definitely miss sports as she was active in both volleyball and track.
Kaitlyn Bernier was nearly speechless after the graduation. Having lived in Plainville her whole life, Bernier said she will miss the close-knit group of friends that she’s been with forever.
Future University of Massachusetts- Lowell soccer player and PHS graduate James Thompkins also had trouble finding the words to describe his enthusiasm for the night.
“It’s unreal,” said Thompkins ecstatically. “I knew it was coming and everything, but I have no words now that it’s actually here.”
Other graduates looked at graduating high school as an important and necessary stepping stone, rather than a defining accomplishment.
“A lot of people are saying that we made it and I’m looking at more as this is only the beginning,” said Jonathan Charette, who has lived in Plainville for the majority of his life.
Cheerleading captain Kristen Couture was of the same mindset as she will be preparing to go to University of Alabama in the fall.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” said Couture about graduating and moving on. “I think it will be tough at first, I’m going to miss my family and friends obviously, but I’m ready for it.”