continued “Not only did I know, but I knew that I knew because I had built circuits like those in Mr. Ordway’s physics class,” Gazaille said.
To be able to apply something she learned in school to a scenario in her own life without any prompting or direction felt great, she said.
Gazaille expressed a sense of frustration because as much as she wants to share that feeling with other students, she knew she couldn’t, that they would have to do their own learning in order to experience for themselves. She encouraged students to listen to their teachers, even if they couldn’t see the importance of what they were saying in the short run.
“In school, you learn something every day that you didn’t know the day before,” Gazaille said. “If that isn’t one of the coolest concepts, then I don’t know what is.”
In the fall, Gazaille plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and pursue a major in architecture.
Superintendent Michael Markwica fortified the message of the importance and value of learning. He pointed to North Creek resident Rusty Leigh, who was graduating the same day as his grandson, Michael Allen. Leigh had decided to make use of Operation Recognition, which allows veterans who served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam to receive a high school diploma based on what they learned during their time in the service. He noted that Michael was continuing the family tradition and had enlisted in the U.S. Army. Allen’s father, Matt, is currently serving in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan as a medic. Leigh was in the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War.
In the class of 35 students 13 were members of the National Honor Society and six received an Advanced Regent’s Diploma with Honors. Over two dozen awards were given to students totally several thousand dollars.
Meghan Sponable was the Class of 2012 salutatorian. She plans to attend the University of Rochester and study neuroscience.