DARIEN, Conn. Each graduating senior of the Darien High School Class of 2012 placed a name tag on Principal Dan Haron as they crossed the stage at the commencement ceremony Thursday evening. The tags would help Haron remember them as both he and the students move on to new adventures.
Speeches given by students and faculty looked to the past and the future as the school celebrated the past four years with these students. Haron, who is leaving this year , thanked the students, teachers, parents and community for the memories.
Im grateful that I was able to work with a student body who collectively possessed the qualities that would make any parent proud, Haron said. He encouraged the students not to be afraid to take risks in the future, because they can have long-term payoffs.
Class President Niya Wright reflected on the noteworthy events the students have experienced throughout their four years. One thing making this easier to handle is the fact that we were here when big things happened, she said.
Today is not so much about your glorious successes and individual achievements, of which there are many, said Superintendent Stephen Falcone, but of making sure your core is strong, and that you are well in a position to face the challenges that will test your core, of which there will be many.
Next year, many of us will be freshmen all over again, said Salutatorian Alice Wang. But we will be a little wiser, a little more daring and have a bigger capacity to dream.
What I really loved about my time here is that our class is populated with some of the most unique, fascinating people I will ever meet, said Valedictorian William De Rocco. We are a grade rich with potential.
Honorary degrees were granted to English teachers Nancy Herman and Ann Armiger, as well as to Haron. The Class of 2012 presented its class gift to the school: 10 Adirondack chairs that will sit in the courtyard for years to come as a reminder of the time these students spent there.
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