Video: Speeches to remember, from Morristown High ’18 commencement

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Graduates in 2018 are entering a world riven by sharp and seemingly intractable divisions.

This comes as no surprise to them–harsh realities have punctuated their high school careers, with lockdown drills, walkouts for tougher gun laws and marches for women’s rights and police respect for black lives.

If Thursday’s Morristown High School commencement is any indicator, this group is up to the challenges ahead.

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Madelyn Levisky gives high five at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
THUMBS UP at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A LASTING CONNECTION, at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Future grad gets bird's -eye view at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Principal Mark Manning, left, flips his lid at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Administration and school board trustees enter Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Principal Mark Manning at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Principal Mark Manning and Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Board President Lisa Pollak acknowledges new grads at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Some 400 students got diplomas at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Photo time at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A grad's relative snaps photo at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
ALL SMILES at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Green photographer Alexandra Fisher (MHS '21) gets the shot at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bailey McGuinn, a talented intern for Morristown Green, at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Valedictorian Tommy Cromie and Principal Mark Manning at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Valedictorian Tommy Cromie speaks at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Salutatorian Erin Fleck and Valedictorian Tommy Cromie at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Principal Mark Manning and Sean Armington share a laugh at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Nile Birch shares a word with Principal Mark Manning at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Raquia Brewster at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mairen Flanagan gets a good luck hug at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Green correspondent Carly Cannavina at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Christian Dimogerodakis enjoys the moment at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bella Simon at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
A happy grad at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Anna Skelton waits her turn at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Abigail London, left, awaits her diploma at Morristown High commencement, June 21, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Valedictorian Tommy Cromie and Salutatorian Erin Fleck spoke of the values they learned at MHS, a diverse environment that taught them the power of empathy.

And Principal Mark Manning talked about seizing the moment — a moment in history when contributions of these grads can make a difference.

Here are videos of their speeches.

 

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