MILLBURN, NJ – The graduating class of 2014 at Millburn High School had a glorious day filled with sunshine to look back on its years at the school and look ahead to the exciting future that lies ahead. Graduation ceremonies took place on the football field at MHS and the grandstands were packed with the friends and families of the graduates.
Class President Ashley Dasti addressed the student body with a recap of her years at MHS and these inspirational words:
“My life could have been very different, but because I have been the beneficiary of extraordinary kindness from my classmates and the community at large, I will continue to reach out for this wonderful support system in the year ahead to further shape who I become in the future,” Dasti said. “So I challenge each and every one of you, my fellow graduates, to each day, in addition to the goals of making your marks on the world, career successes, financial successes of which I hope you all have many, keep the goals of kindness and selflessness alive in your hearts as you have so often done in the past years. The most meaningful rewards in life will come from this.”
The Cass of 2014 donated a new tree, which was planted in the front of the school to replace one that was lost in Hurricane Sandy.
“These seniors have seen more than their share of athletic championships and academic accolades. Because they are the largest graduating class in Millburn history, not everyone may know each other or share identical experiences. Boasting of the good cannot obscure some pain the Class of 2014 has experienced,” said Principal Dr. William Miron. “The tree the seniors planted by the auditorium is a symbol of their resilience and enduring strength.”
Third-grade teacher Sandy Tichenor was awarded Teacher of the Year Honors. Also, husband and wife, Jack and Carolyn English were awarded honorary diplomas for their service as substitute teachers and “school grandparents.”
Schools Superintendent James Crisfield echoed some of the sentiments that Ashley Dasti had expressed earlier.
“What matters? People matter,” Crisfield said. “Your friends matter, both those you have today, and those you will meet in college or in the next stages of your lives. My high school buddies and college roommates are still priceless to me, even at my age. As Charles Weland in a Wall Street Journal essay, ‘Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well being is your meaningful connections with other human beings.’”
He went on to point out the family members are people, too, and that “Being nice to people really matters, sometimes, sadly, more than we can know at the time. “
Here is a taped broadcast of the event, courtesy of Studio 462: http://new.livestream.com/millburnstudio462/graduation