By Ali Bartlett
It’s a bittersweet time of year for many seniors as they prepare to leave familiar high school hallways and enter the world as adults. 155 students in the class of 2016 will graduate on June 12 at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.
The class has had four principals in the past four years. Assistant principal Elliott Bennett said, “Despite all the fluctuations, they have persevered. I am continually so humbled and amazed at their resilience. No matter what type of academic learners they are, they are capable of dealing with setbacks.”
Senior Michaela Piche will be attending Westfield State in the fall. She said, “I’m going to miss the small community of the Island and the school, but I’m itching to be somewhere new!”
Science teacher Mr. Munn is impressed by the class’ volunteerism and giving personalities. “They have taken on strong leadership roles and will be leaving hard shoes to fill. Next year we will have to think twice about what we’ll do without them in many of our extracurricular programs,” he said.
Senior Connor Downing, who will attend Lehigh University in the fall to study biochemistry, said, “High school has made me realize what I’m good at and what my interests are. It also taught me what I suck at. I’d also like to think I’m a bit less socially awkward compared to when I was younger.”
Heading to Dean College for a year to study arts and entertainment management, senior Oshantay Waite said, “Some of my favorite memories would be winning the Cup this year at the Nantucket game as cheerleading captain, “Chicago” the musical, performing at Evening of the Arts, and going camping for the first time with the outdoors club last year.”
Connor said, “My best memory was winning the state championship for tennis my freshman year. Coming off the boat to a crowd of people was pretty cool.”
Mr. Munn said, “While many of the students are serious, they are also light-hearted and enjoy being with each other; there is no tension or competition. It is a refreshing change, and their class has a different feel than the classes I have seen over the past decade.”
“Something I will always remember is when my AP biology class was taking a hard test, and I looked over at Jared Livingston and all of a sudden he burst out into silent dancing and singing,” said Mrs. Bennett.
Senior Addison Geiger plans to go to school for mechanical engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “It’s pretty wild that we’re turning another chapter in our lives, not just a mere page,” he said.
Mrs. Bennett said, “They should go out and adventure, but always know that they can come back home to a place that will always be here for them.”HSV