LONDONDERRY — This was a first for Londonderry High School.
It was the first time a graduating class had a senior class president and valedictorian be one in the same.
That graduate, Ethan Doherty, took the podium during Friday night’s commencement ceremony and told his fellow Class of 2013 graduates to dream big and good things would come.
“These have been truly remarkable years,” Doherty told the graduates. “Tonight we begin a journey we have long awaited.”
Doherty’s address delved into the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the 398-member graduating class and how good things will happen even through the uncertain moments of life.
Those uncertain moments will always be part of life, he said, but it’s how you handle the uncertainty and come out on the other side that matters most.
“Not all uncertainly leads to joy or success,” he said. “That is part of the uncertainly. But great moments are born from great opportunities. That’s what you have earned here tonight.”
Salutatorian Adrian Baker also gave a keynote address to the class and told a story of his Canadian grandfather once stopping along a muddy, washed-out road and wondering what to do next.
“He didn’t want to get stranded,” Baker said.
Baker said a farmer came along and told his grandfather to “go on, just keep going and you won’t get stuck.”
That message was an important one now, Baker said, as it’s up to the graduates to keep going, and not let life get them bogged down.
Obstacles can be overcome.
“It was an uphill battle to get where we are today,” he said. “But like that Canadian weed farmer, just keep going and you won’t get stuck.”
Doherty plans to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis and hopes to be a future naval officer. Baker will attend Boston University in the fall to study political science and journalism.