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June 20, 2013

Pinkerton valedictorian honors friends, teachers

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Dylan thanked everyone at Pinkerton who helped him make those connections and ties in his own personal web in high school.

“All the strings are tying us together into the beautiful network that is the human society, and the Pinkerton Academy Class of 2013 should be proud to be a part of it,” he said. “We’re here to do what we will with this web, tying and cutting our relationships over the years of our lives. Together, we as people, can change the world, making it a better place for the generations of the future.”

Patrick told classmates that both success and failure are part of the Pinkerton experience, and both should be celebrated as part of growing up and holding on to dreams.

“With all this coming to an end, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about promise as it relates to success and failure,” he said. “We only truly fail when we stop believing that we can succeed. Failure is settling for less than what you originally defined as success.”

Dylan, son of Krithika Mahalingam and Mark Irvinti, and will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study robotics engineering. Patrick is the son of Wendy and Peter Doolittle. He will attend Yale in the fall to study political philosophy and economics.

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