SEYMOUR Class of 2018 told they will succeed — ‘guaranteed’
SEYMOUR — Borrowing a quote from Dr. Seuss, Seymour High School class of 2018 valedictorian Molly Schiffer assured her fellow graduates Tuesday that they will succeed, indeed, “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!”
And if those words of wisdom weren’t enough for the 150 seniors to take with them as they embark on the next chapter in their lives, Schiffer also assured them that the lessons they’ve learned from kindergarten to senior year in the Seymour schools have prepared them to tackle the world.
Proud family and friends snapped pictures of the graduates clad in royal blue gowns trimmed in gold to represent the school colors, on the school’s DeBarber Field, emblazoned with the school mascot, the wildcat.
Salutatorian Anna Peel reflected on the numerous achievements the class of 2018 over the last four years, ranging from snagging the state’s highest honors in stage production, the Halo Awards, to winning state championships in softball and building a top-notch electric race car which nabbed third place at Lime Rock Park. She said the class also endured a cellphone ban, but managed to survive.
“I can’t wait to see what the class of 2018 has to offer this world,” Peel said.
Principal James Freund
encouraged the graduates to “show the world what the heart of a wildcat looks like” as they prepare for whatever comes next.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Wilson said he “couldn’t be more proud” of the graduates as he helped hand out their hard-earned diplomas.
Several of the graduates hammed it up as they accepted their diplomas, one or two jumping off the stage with a high karate kick, and plenty of fist pumps in the air.
Former First Selectman Paul Roy, this year’s distinguished alumnus, imparted the famous words of President John F. Kennedy, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” and encouraged them to “use their voices to take action and make the country better.”