September 20, 2014
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Vets seniors cherish graduation
John Howell
FOND FAREWELLS: Alexandria Ritacco shares a moment with Ralph Barron, who has retired after seven years of serving as the school’s resource officer, while triplets Brian, Andrew and Jackie Bouchard gear up for graduation. The brothers plan to attend URI while their sister aims to study photography at the Art Institute of Boston.

A day before graduating from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, Rebecca Hurd, 18, looked out at Narragansett Bay from a window at her boyfriend’s Pawtuxet Village home.

Taking in the calm scenery, she felt nostalgic about high school and said while she’s ready to attend Elon University in North Carolina to major in theater and minor in film, Rhode Island will always hold a special place in her heart.

“I love it here,” she said in a phone interview. “Some people think it’s lame but I think it’s beautiful and fun if you let it be.”

Hurd, Vets’ 2012 salutatorian, was one of 215 students to earn diplomas at a ceremony held at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus last night. Along with her was valedictorian Kristen Hyle, who said becoming the top-ranking student was a goal she established freshman year.

It wasn’t easy, she said, considering she took four AP classes her senior year. But, with the encouragement of dedicated English teachers, including Julie Petitbon and Jeff Lawton, Hyle was able to pull through.

Hyle is now looking forward to attending Suffolk University with a merit scholarship in the honors program in the fall. She is humbly savoring the achievement of valedictorian.

In her speech, she said, “Every single person wearing a cap and gown today has achieved something special. After moving your tassel and taking a few steps across this stage tonight, you will have leapt into a new tomorrow. You may transform into a college freshman, a respected individual of the military or a person of the workforce. Whatever it is that you will be venturing off to do within these next months, do it with pride, perseverance and courage of conviction.”

She went on to say, “Our time at Warwick Vets has helped to shape our beliefs and cultivate our minds. We have gained understanding in and out of the classroom, and from it, have become wiser ourselves … Dunkin’ coffees in hand, we read our novels, solved our tortuous math problems and not only researched history, but made history. And so, here we stand, having pushed open those doors again the same way we did four years ago ... but this time to say goodbye, and have a whole new array of opportunities in front of us.”

As he does every year, Mayor Scott Avedisian noted something quite interesting. He said on his way to the commencement, he realized he had “gotten old,” as the members of the Class of 2012 were in kindergarten when he became mayor.

During the last 12-and-a-half years, he happily shared Reading Weeks, sixth grade graduation ceremonies, junior high school honors nights, successes on the playing field, achievements in the classroom and judging senior project presentations with students.

“I’m terribly grateful to each and every one of you for the life lessons you have taught me and so many other residents of this city,” he said. “For I have watched each and every one of you care for one another, encourage those who failed and stand by those in need. You have enriched our community, tested our limits and pushed all of us to grow.”

Principal Gerry Habershaw agreed and noted that the Class of 2012 was one of the most “compassionate” groups of students he has ever known. Many of the kids, he said, have done numerous community service activities.

“They have a concern for others and a tolerance of others,” he said in a phone interview shortly before the ceremony. “It’s unique and good to see.”

Of the 215 graduates, said Habershaw, approximately 70 percent are set to attend two-year and four-year schools. Also, nearly 35 students in the Career and Technical Center are going on to enter the workforce.

Hurd, who enjoyed most of her high school years as part of Bishop Hendricken’s theater program, recently starred in a production of the musical, “Grease.” Through the show’s finale of “We Go Together,” she explained her feelings to her peers.

“No, physically we will not always be together next year, we all have separate paths that we are embarking on,” she said. “But, no one can take away from us this moment – graduating together. We will always be the Warwick Veterans Memorial High School class of 2012. This is our finale together.”

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