And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher Phoebe Pepper posed with the students whom she shepherded through the process and accepted the annual monetary donation from Cascade, which also donates the wood and supplies.
Bittersweet perhaps, but it was a most definitely joyous night at Drury as the graduates broke out into song and dance and grinned with happiness as they received their diplomas and congratulations from Mayor Thomas Bernard and Superintendent Barbara Malkas.
This is the first year the applications for these scholarships are available online. The school district disperses some $17,000 in scholarships each year. All postgraduate scholarship applications are due by June 1.
The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.
Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student.
She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.
The painting and a plaque noting Cirone's career will be installed above the elevator as you walk into the two-story lobby. The class was also offered tours of both the new and old Drury (Colegrove Park Elementary School) and were to celebrate their reunion at the Stamford (Vt.) Valley Golf Course.
The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
After five years of large artwork being displayed on the street side of the old Brown Street factory building, two years' worth of slightly smaller but still colorful paintings now hang on the south side of the building along Grimes Street, near Cascade's front entrance.
The Drury High School class of 2017 was celebrated with a storm of confetti on Thursday and a charge to dream big, take risks and be kind at they ventured into the next chapter of their lives.
Their story had begun in their earliest years in elementary school, the first stop on a story map that valedictorian Alexandra Bernard had projected above the seated graduates in the high school gym.
Alexandra Jane Flynn Bernard and Chase Emery Christopher have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Drury High School class of 2017.
Both students will speak at Drury's graduation exercises on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the high school.
"Trouble at the Tropicabana," a spoof of the classic "I Love Lucy" series with movie moguls, kingpins, slapstick, music and dancing is being produced by the Drury Stage Company Comedic Arts Service Troupe to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
This groundbreaking ensemble is designed for a two- fold purpose: first, a reach out to our elementary school population, utilizing theater arts as both an educational tool for growth, and second, as a service troupe for the wider community.
The show will feature Philadelphia native Dave Temple. Temple has been recently featured on Live at Gotham on national television. He is said to "bring an unadulterated view on life and his immediate surroundings with a poignancy that is unparalleled and leaves every single audience in stitches."