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Eleanor Cherry compared each of the four years in high school to running a mile around a track.

Wahconah Grads To Define Their Generation

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The class of 2014 celebrated graduation on Sunday at Wahconah Regional High School.

DALTON, Mass. — Despite the principal's attempt to characterize the class of 2014 as "wicked awesome," Wahconah valedictorian Rose May says they haven't even started to make a name yet.

"Some even call us the Internet generation. To others we are 'Generation Y,' generation now, and generation me. These names all come from what people see our generation as. Most recently experts say that our generation feels entitled, we want everything at our fingertips, we want all the answers, and we want them now. We come across as selfish to whoever comes up with these fancy generation names," May said on Sunday as 125 Wahconah Warriors entered the next phase of their lives.

But those characteristics are wrong, she said, because "we have so much in us, so much that we must do. We have not grown up enough or lived enough life yet to be defined as 'Generation Y' because we haven’t left our mark yet. Our future is unknown, and I believe it is our job to define ourselves."

The class of 2014 isn't part of what the New York Post says is "the worst generation" but rather the one that is going to "repair" the world that others hadn't been able to adjust to, she said. And that starts on Sunday when Wahcohah Regional High School graduated the next generation of the "Wahconah family."

The graduation caps off what salutatorian Eleanor Cherry compared to as running a mile. Each year was like a lap on a track, she said, and each posed their own challenges.

"Today, we have reached our metaphorical finish line. Our graduation is the ultimate finish line to the ultimate journey. It's definitely been a tough ride, but the part to remember is that we reached the finish line. High school is hard, but today, we have conquered it," Cherry said. "It doesn’t matter how you completed the journey either, the point is that you completed it. It doesn’t matter how you reached the finish line, it only matters that you do."

After conquering multiple challenges to get through the last four years, the students know they can get through anything, she said. Class President Dominic Carnevale said the biggest lesson the class has taken away is "how to learn."

"We have learned how to learn. We have learned how to turn failure into success," Carnevale said, and they've done it in a school with "unparalleled culture."

"There is a sense of family that runs through us," Carnevale said.

While May says there is still much to do to define their generation, Principal James Conro said they've already left their mark on Wahconah. Conro said the best way to describe the class is "wicked awesome."

"Every expectation we have set down, they have surpassed," Conro said. Later adding, "this class has got nothing to be ashamed of. They can be proud of the legacy they have left on Wahconah."

And, as with all other graduating classes, they are always welcome to return to the school.

"You are family. You will always be part of the Wahconah family," Conro said.

Following Conro's statements, the students were give their diplomas from administration officials. Once they all received the diploma they'd worked had for, they reached under their chairs for cans of Silly String to launch into the air in celebration.

"There is only one way with lots of hard work that we can achieve such goals, and that is through following our passions, but accepting the fact that passions can grow and even change overtime — after all, most of us are not becoming princesses and astronauts after this day," May said.

Graduates Val & Sal Scholarships & Awards Photos
Alberti, Jackson Thomas

Arthur, Codi Franklin Henry

Auger, Colin Raymond

Barcher, Jacob Matthew

Basiliere, Jasper Phillip

Brewer, MaKenna Elizabeth

Brown, Darrow Henry

Budd, Emily Brenna

Burris, Kristy Rae

Camp, Samantha Lorraine

Carnevale, Dominic Edward*

Castagna, Joseph Mario

Chapman, Mitchell Henry

Charland, Lucas George

Cherry, Eleanor Mary

Chiaretta, Paige Meredith*

Clark, Olivia Paige

Conner, Haley Caitlin

Conrow, Hunter Tristan

Cooney, Austin Joseph*

Cornwell, Emma Olivia

Culliton, Patrick William

Danforth, Abigail Denise

Dapson, Christopher Edward*

DeChaine, Ryan Matthew

Desautelle, Eric Joseph

Disbrow, Jenna Marie

Doyle, Curran John

Dufour, Ryan Matthew*

Duncan, Marcus Samuel

Fairchild, David Ryan*

Francese, Morgan Elizabeth

Fusini, Catherine Grace

Galliher, Adam Joshua

Garrett, Tyler Lee

Geyer, Justin Glenn*

Geyer, Matthew Arthur

Gingras, Hayley Rose

Gingras, Nicole Marie

Greene, Jacob Daniel

Greene, John Michael

Gustafsson, Hjalmar++

Hall, Caleb Ryan

Hamilton, Thomas Robert

Harrington, Paige Frances

Hebert, Jeffrey Allen

Hebert, Ryan James

Herforth, Brianna Lynn

Hopkins, Shawn Michael Jay

Hopper, Kate Alexis*

Horton, Alexander Walter

Iwanowicz, Amy Katherine*

Jagiello, Adrianna Rose

Jamross, Eric Paul

Jamross, Patrick Charles

Kisselbrock, Joshua Andrew

Kosof, Stefan Andrew

Kowalczyk, Kevin Robert

Labelle, Austin Joseph

Larochelle, Dylan Connor

Lonergan, Liam Koelle

Loveless, Albert Maxiem

Lucaroni, Heather Nicole

Lussier, Olivia Renee

MacDowell, Mariah Lyn

Macphail, Elyshia Francine

Maffuccio, Matthew William

Makes, Marley Marie

May, Rose Louise*

McCarthy, Caitlin Elizabeth

McMahon, Colin Daniel

McMahon, Rachel Elizabeth*

Miller, Kyle Patrick*

Morgan, Brandan Alexander

Murrin, Emily Rose

Muruga, Divya*

Myers, Holly Marie

Myers, William Lawrence

Nguyen, Benjamin Duy

Ostellino, Zachary George

Parker, Ryan Christopher*

Pease, Eli James

Pickwell, Christian Wohrle

Powell, Hannah Nicole

Pularo, Curran Michael

Quail, Ryen Mikel

Quintero, Alexander Patrick

Reiter, Alexander Christopher

Rice, MacKenzie Elizabeth

Roberts, Zoe Suzanne

Rocke, Jensynn Rose

Roos, Cory Alexander

Ross, Ellen Elizabeth*

Sadlow, Mikaela Jo

Salvini, Mitchell John

Saville, Renee Megan

Sears, Nathan Tanner*

Shaughnessy, Michael Cade

Sheehan, Matthew Edward

Shorey, Jesse William

Silvernail, Sara Morgaine

Sirikan, Melissa

Smith, Tabitha Ciara

Smithies, Samantha Ann*

Sondrini, William Thomas

Soules, Rachel Marie

Stedman, Roger William

Steele, Shannon O'Brien*

Stegemann, Monica Katherine

Szczepaniak, Joseph Scott

Tarjick, Alexys Joan Corkery

Taylor, Austin Robert+

Taylor, Kyle Stuart

Thibodeau, Kyrsten Marie*

Torchia, Caterina Gabriella

Touponce, Jakob Lincoln

Townsend, Crystal Lynn

Trova, Sara Marie

Valentine, Rechael Lee

Van Dyke, Connor James

Wagner, Jason William

Wells, Ethan Timothy*

Wells, Kimberly Nicole

White, Victoria Jayne

Wood, Allyson Rose

*National Honor Society
+Certificate of Completion
++Certificate of Attendance



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