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Close community bond celebrated as Bolton grads face future

Singing strains of “Time of My Life” during Bolton High School commencement ceremonies Friday were graduating Seniors Julianne O’Donnell, Sierra Detrick, Courtney Kincaid, and Kaitlin Dimick.

Singing strains of “Time of My Life” during Bolton High School commencement ceremonies Friday were graduating Seniors Julianne O’Donnell, Sierra Detrick, Courtney Kincaid, and Kaitlin Dimick. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Images of pre-schoolers playing together were projected onto a screen during Bolton High School’s graduation ceremonies held Friday June 22. The images of the youngsters, members of Bolton’s Koala-T preschool, were followed by glimpses of the children as primary students, morphing into preteens, then teenagers.

People in the audience murmured, chattered and applauded as they recognized many of the children, now young adults ready to embark on a new phase in their lives.

The hundreds of people in the audience were not only family and friends of the graduates, but included citizens in the community, giving the 29 graduates a rousing send-off — an annual traditional in this small lakeside town.

Valedictorian Roselynn Denne spoke of this nurturing bond between graduates and community as a whole.

“I am going to miss my friends, my teachers, this community and this school,” she said. “Thanks to everyone for making this place feel like home — Thanks for all that you’ve done for us.”

Salutatorian Michael Andersen also spoke of the attributes and advantages of such strong bonds, particularly among his classmates.

“No matter what, we are here for each other,” he said. “When people go through true hardships, whether it be health issues or family problems, this class puts aside all of our differences and we come together when it really matters — The unity and camaraderie this class has exhibited in the face of adversity is something I will truly miss.”

Andersen also spoke of the quality of education that such a small school affords.

“Between the college-level courses and dozens of extracurricular activities we’re offered, we don’t always stop and appreciate how fortunate we are to attend school here,” he said, complimenting the faculty and staff. “The opportunities and experiences we’ve had here had a huge impact on each of us.”

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