“Instead of looking into the future, I would like to encourage you to cherish the present,” Stanwich Valedictorian Helen Wang told her fellow graduating seniors at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 1. “Cherish this connection with your teachers, with your friends, and with Stanwich.” Helen will be majoring in Global Studies at the University of California Berkley.
Addressing the audience, salutatorian Aidan Sebold said, “I’m here to tell you that the class of 2017 is not only prepared for college, but I would argue we may be even better prepared than many of our fellow graduates at larger high schools. We’re engaged every day in lively discussions with our teachers and classmates, and we’re constantly challenged to offer our opinions on a variety of topics. Here, your individuality is allowed to shine.” Aidan will be studying industrial design at The Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport.
Giving the commencement address, Steve Ginsburg, Director of the Connecticut Region Anti-Defamation League, said, “Your personal success and happiness will undoubtedly at some point depend upon having a productive and positive relationship with someone who is coming from a different place than you are. Whether they are your neighbor, co-worker, boss, friend or partner, the world is simply too small to surround yourself only with people with similar ideas and backgrounds. So do everything in your power to make these relationships work.”
Joining Wang and Sebold in the class of 2017 are Shelby Crimmins, Yona Dervishi, Samantha Erfe, Alexander Gardner, Lauren Henderson, Jenny Matute, Luke Martin, Isabelle Nelson, Matthew Rivera, Matthew Shindel, and Michelle Wakim.