The classic pomp and circumstance processional, nervous jitters and caps and gowns are some of the few aspects that accompany graduation season. On Tuesday, June 4th, members of the Somerville High School Class of 2013 had their time to shine as they walked across the stage at Dilboy Stadium to receive their diplomas.
Graduation exercises were lead by both Headmaster John Oteri and Class of 2013 president Sabrina Kerr. A salute to the flag and student rendition of the national anthem started off the evening with an attitude of American pride.
Students who had shined academically were honored. Among those students were the top male and female students: Nickolas Mendes and Zoe Iacovino, the top vocational student: Edwin Cruz, and a scholarship recipient: Caitlin Barry.
After these recognitions were made, speeches were given by Salutatorian Ruth Grossman and Superintendent Anthony Pierantozzi, and a performance of the class poem and class song were done by selected seniors.
Valedictorian Zoe Iacovino gave a speech that focused on Somerville’s natural appreciation for diversity. She reflected on what being a student in Somerville has meant to her, and what she hopes for her fellow classmates.
Headmaster John Oteri followed with an address that focused the controversial “You’re Not Special” address made by David McCullough Jr. at the Wellesley High School Class of 2012 graduation. He reminded the students that they are special, and he gave specific evidence of how these seniors were special through their celebration of cultures and response to recent traumas, such as the Boston Marathon bombings.
“The Class of 2013 IS special. YOU are special. I look forward to seeing you craft the world into your image” Oteri beamed.
The antsy 294 seniors were then able to walk across the stage to receive their shiny red diplomas. The atmosphere of Dilboy Stadium suddenly transformed as friends and families cheered and students fist pumped the sky to show their excitement as they celebrate their achievements.
The Scout Magazines staff sends its congratulations to the new graduates.
– Jen Morgan