There were 200 students earning recognition as New Hampshire Scholars; 15 will join the armed services; 53 seniors attained a grade point average of 4.0 or higher; and the school still boasts a 0.36 percent dropout rate.
Ninety-percent of the class is heading off to college.
“That’s the most ever,” Parent said.
Other quotes from Fulghum’s book included “play fair, say you’re sorry, live a balanced life, and be aware of wonder,” all good sentiments, Parent said, to describe the graduates.
“You care about each other, and care about helping others,” he said.
That helping spirit came through all year long, Parent said.
There were the 200 students who cut their hair to support the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program supporting cancer patients, a true testament to the words in Fulghum’s book and how it applied to this particular group of graduates, the principal said.
Parent told the class to remember that book about kindergarten and use the words wisely as they live their lives.
“No matter how old you get, it’s best to hold hands and stick together,” Parent said. “That’s what you’ve done in your lives and it’s served you well.”
Parent said his own child would be part of the Class of 2026.
“If he and his classmates turn out to be like you seniors, I’ll be a happy father and a proud and grateful principal,” he said.
Class of 2014 officers presented the annual class gift to the school. This year’s gift is a new Lancer outfit for the high school mascot to wear.
The class also honored the upcoming retirements of assistant principal Art Psaledas and guidance director Michael Dolphin.