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Elizabethtown-Lewis Central praises graduates at ceremony

Elizabethtown-Lewis graduates stand with the flower children during thecommencement ceremony June 21.

Elizabethtown-Lewis graduates stand with the flower children during thecommencement ceremony June 21. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— While Valedictorian Brody Hooper said he searched for the right words to leave his classmates and audience members before his speech and found himself at a loss.

“As many of you know I joined this class when we were all seventh graders. One eye opener for me in the transition from Keene to here was more difficult than one might think,” said Hooper. “The person I am today was directly affected by my choice to attend ELCS. So, let’s talk about choices. I want to read you one of my favorite quotes. ‘To the World, you may be one person. But to one person, you may be the World.’ This quote has become quite famous, as now the slogan for Donate Life. However, I have lived by this quote for many years now. As you think about the quote and use it when you make your choices, I believe you will find yourself making more of an impact on this world,” said Hooper.

Commencement speaker, ELCS Math teacher Jim Sheffer, was able to personally recognize every student on the stage, going as far back as Lamaze class with their parents before the students were born. He told stories of mischief, comedy and excitement he had experienced as a teacher of the students. He ended his speech with a song for the student who said he looked like Barney. He sang, “I love you.”

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