SUMMIT, NJ - Possible thunderstorms and rain showers may have driven Summit High School's 2013 graduation ceremony indoors, but it could not dampen the celebration as 277 seniors earned received their diplomas Monday.
The evening ceremony began as grads marched in accompanied by the familiar sounds of Pomp & Circumstance as played by the Summit High School band, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by SHS Student Council Secretary Joshua Golding. Senior Chamber Choir members then performed the National Anthem and Abby Beier, Student Council President, officially welcomed everyone.
The Voice of the Class, Lauren Fiorrito, delivered a poignant, often-times humorous take on the students' four-year journey through SHS, touching on many senior class "bucket list" items that the class had checked off.
Emma Standing, Student Council Vice President, followed with recognition of Prizes and Scholarships. Other highlights included speeches from SHS Principal Paul Sears, Superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker, and Board of Education President Gloria M. Ron-Fornes, each of who praised the academic, civic and sporting accomplishments of the Class of 2013.
In his address, Principal Sears urged the students to exercise kindness as they venture forward, reminding them that "what we practice we get better at, and what we practice we become." In addition to lauding SHS student accomplishments, noting the school's Rising Star winners and sports teams that captured championship titles, Superintendent Parker thanked the graduates' parents for their support and generosity. Ron-Fornes reinforced the gifts that the educational journey has bestowed upon the students, challenging them to use them wisely.