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PHOTO GALLERY: Tewksbury High Class of 2014 Graduation

Jun 07, 2014 06:24PM ● By Bill Gilman
Believe in yourself but don't take yourself too seriously.
That was the overriding message presented to Tewksbury High Class of 2014 graduates at commencement exercises, Friday evening at the Tewksbury High Gym.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor set the tone when he quoted rapper Ludacris, of all people, in his exhortation to the graduates.
"Use your brain, homie, do the right thing, do the right thing," said O'Connor, referencing the song, "Do The Right Thing.""My message is simply, going forward in life, do the right thing, homies."
Class President Jacob Little said it was time to move on from high school to a brand new phase of life and removed his cap and a wig to reveal that he'd had his trademark long, wavy locks shorn and replaced with a neatly trimmed coif. Shocked classmates roared their approval.
The ceremony featured the obligatory beach balls and air horns 
As much as graduates looked toward the future, there was also a tip of the cap to the past. Principal Brenda Theriault-Regan revealed that the brightly painted panels flanking the stage were actually created from doors from the old Tewksbury High School, through which members of the Class of 2014 would pass one more time as they received their diplomas.
And Salutatorian John Melloni admitted he missed the old building, where he and his classmates had spent freshman and sophomore years.
"Although I have not polled the student body, if I were a betting man, I would wager that the majority of our class has expressed at least an infinitesimal amount of longing towards the old high school," said Melloni. "Personally, I never would’ve imagined missing such an ancient, I can say that, right?, building, but I did."
Melloni, Class Valedictorian Laurin Joseph and Class Marshal Rebecca Varghese were honored with the final three diplomas and special awards for their achievements.
There was one absence at the graduation that was also noted. Class member Shane Roderick passed away earlier this year. Regan said she was sure Shane's spirit was present during his classmates' special day, "smiling that special Shane smile."

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