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Seniors assemble at Carpenter Center for ceremony


NEWARK, DEL. >> There were numerous reminders of University of Delaware championships all over the Bob Carpenter arena in the form of banners and scoreboards, but the attention of the packed house audience Tuesday night was on the 437 2018 graduates of Avon Grove High School.

The mood was upbeat and optimistic as one speaker after the other praised the talents and future opportunities of the class that sat ready to receive their diplomas on stage.

High School Principal Scott DeShong welcomed the audience and seniors by recalling the accomplishments of the members of the class. He mentioned prominently the numerous musical awards and the success of the athletics teams. He said that 89 percent of the class is going on to continued education and the colleges they are attending range from Michigan to Florida and from the East Coast to California.

He also cited the orderly, 17-minute walkout the students participated in following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.


He told them, “Remember, the one who wins the race is the one who tries the hardest.”

Student speaker Meredith Haas said the most important aspect of her Avon Grove education is the bond she made with her classmates. “You helped me break out of my shell,” she said.

Salutatorian Shannon Oakes said that while everyone in the class was an individual, they all have experiences in common. She added that no one should let others limit their potential.

Senior speaker Bailey Fulmer told her classmates not to spend too much time looking down, or they will miss what is going on in life.

Valedictorian Devin Trinter spoke at length about change. He said many people change careers and paths in life, but those changes should not be viewed as failure. “What you think you want now may not be so in the future,” he said.

Student speaker James Benjamin recalled the recent death of his grandmother and how it affected him. He said people will remember who we are rather than what we have.

Class President Grace Carr-Harkins told her classmates that it has been an honor to hold that office. She then oversaw her last duty in that role by handing over her presidential sash to the junior class President Tyler Curtis. She was joined by the other officers of the class, who likewise passed their sashes to their counterparts in the junior class.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of diplomas and the singing of the Alma Mater.

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