Morristown High School is like a bookshelf with many volumes, Valedictorian Victoria Lin tells fellow members of the Class of 2012, survivors of “one hurricane, one tornado, one electrical fire and one food fight.” (Video above.)
Tori, who is bound for Princeton this fall, asks three things of classmates:
- Be Bold. “Stand with sound and fury…lead by example and with passion.”
- Be Kind. “The sun not only rises for you, but for others…You can not only make a difference, but be the difference.”
- Be Happy. “There is no perfection, only life….Family and friendship matter” more than grade point averages and earnings.
A video playlist of all the Morristown High commencement speakers from June 21, 2012, at Mennen Arena is here. Separately, here are presentations in the order they occurred:
Seniors in the MHS Choir sing the Alma Mater: Can you remember the lyrics to your Alma Mater? (Not sure if my school could even afford one!) A light moment from the ceremony, features Isabel Rogers, Katherine Robertson, Danny Dones, Cesar Coronado and Robbie Baldwin.
Student Government President RoseMarie Cafone reminds students that “everyone in this class has a voice, and a loud one at that… Each person brings value. There may not be an ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in Morristown.”
Thomas Ficarra, superintendent of the Morris School District, urges graduates to be more than mere consumers…and to call home often. Home is the only place where love is unconditional.
Class President Joey Gatto performs a “live video” entitled, “Things I Learned at Morristown High School.” Among other things, Joey observes that “TUMS are a cure for all sicknesses and diseases.” He cites outstanding achievements of the class, and says future success is in reach thanks to the groundwork laid by MHS faculty and administrators. Read more about Joey here.
Drawing from Lord of the Rings and Dr. Seuss, Salutatorian Mary O’Kane says “the people who care for us cannot suffer through our hardships, but they can always be there to help us through them….I challenge you all to be the world to just one person, or to more than just one person.”
Nik Wallenda’s breathtaking tightrope walk across Niagara Falls offers crucial lessons for graduates about preparation, family and teamwork, says MHS Principal Linda Murphy.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012. Best of luck to you all!