‘Truly impressive’ Class of 2019 in Scituate

‘Truly impressive’ Class of 2019 in Scituate

Erin Costello, a Rhode Island Honor Society member, receives a congratulatory hug from her friend Laurel Marsh, of Scituate. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

SCITUATE – Ninety-one students walked down from North Scituate Elementary School to the North Scituate gazebo while families and friends cheered them on during the commencement ceremony of the Scituate High School Class of 2019 last Friday, May 31.

Standing together for one of the last times, the senior class sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” at the start of the ceremonies.

Supt. Carol Blanchette, who began working in Scituate at the start of the school year, said she regretted not not being able to work with the class longer after asking around for how to describe this class’s spirit.

Blanchette said she learned that after the 2017 death of a student, Derek Hall, that the class was resilient, also described as empathetic and intuitive. She said teachers noticed how close and compassionate the students were with one another.

Hall’s #20 football jersey was framed and presented at the front of the gazebo during the evening’s ceremonies.

“You have a way of letting people know that you’ve noticed them and that you care,” Blanchette said.

The class was also described as hilarious and supportive, and is known for celebrating one another’s successes. Skills such as those will take the students far in life, Blanchette said.

“Go into the next phase of your life with the same enthusiasm, curiosity, and willingness,” Blanchette said.

No matter how far students go, they will always be welcome home to Scituate High School, she added.

Principal Michael Hassell said the “truly impressive” 2019 class proved to everyone that they were able to overcome adversity, standing in solidarity despite a great loss.

“For two years, they did what they did best and showed love to their fellow classmates and grew stronger because of it. I am so proud of each and every one of you,” Hassell said.

Hassell said 88 students, or 93 percent of the class, will be attending a two- or four-year college and received more than $80,000 in merit-based scholarships. He said others will follow their passion into a career or trade program, and two students made the “noble choice” to enter the military.

He listed off the class’s accomplishments, such as community service, helping others in need, winning state championships on the courts and fields, and taking rigorous coursework outside of their comfort level.

“Most importantly, you helped to build a school community of inclusiveness and unity,” Hassell said.

Hassell said he hopes the students will keep the drive inside them that pushes them to want more and do better.

“Have big dreams and work hard to make sure they come true,” he said, adding, “Know that you are always a Spartan and are welcome back anytime.”

Senior Class President Logan Yena offered words of inspiration to his class before presenting the incoming seniors with a gift of $500.

“Life is not going to be getting easier,” Yena said.

Yena said to live in the moment and worry about the rest of their lives later. Now is for congratulations, he said.

Valedictorian Max Pierce congratulated and thanked Salutatorian Justin Andreozzi for his hard work and tough competition.

Pierce said he felt unfit to offer advice to his classmates because he was in the same boat as them. Until recently, he said, he thought the mail only came on Sundays. He said he and his friend attempted to make plasma by trying to microwave fire.

Though he’s done a lot of “stupid” things in high school, isn’t that the point, said Pierce. He said he’s made it this far being a kid, and intends to be a child at heart through adulthood.

“We all are lucky to have grown up in such a close town with a group of people who genuinely care for and look out for one another,” Andreozzi said.

In his deep baritone voice belying his youthful appearance, Andreozzi’s speech took a trip down memory lane through four years of high school, saying those years have made students into resilient individuals ready to conquer the world.

“Each and every one of us possess an unlimited potential, and we are only bound by the restrictions in which we impose on ourselves. But now, it is our task to be the best that we are able to be,” Andreozzi said.

Trinity Episcopal Church Rev. Johanna Marcure led an opening and closing prayer blessing the class in its future endeavors.

Alyssa Leonard, a Rhode Island Honor Society member, receives her diploma from Principal Michael Hassell, as family members snap her picture.
2019 Class Valedictorian Max Pierce, who also won honor awards in both math and physics, reminds his fellow graduates of the importance of listening to the child in each of us.
Scituate High School Salutatorian Justin Andreozzi urges his fellow graduates to ”be the best they can be.”
Rhode Island Honor Society member Daniel Costello receives his diploma from Scituate High School Principal Michael Hassell.