MADISON, NJ- Madison High School’s Class of 2018 graduated this Friday. The ceremony took place on their home football field, a privilege that the rain seized last year. For 2018, however, it was a beautiful, sunny day as the students crossed the stage.

The ceremony for the 121st graduating class of the school opened with a speech by class president, Vivian Lee. Lee recalled many blissful memories from their high school careers, from freshmen orientation to prom. She reminded the class to always “choose to be happy” as they moved forward with their lives.

Salutatorian, Nick Spagnoletti, continued, mentioning some of the class’s major accomplishments, including state championships and the football team’s trips to Metlife Stadium. Focusing on the good times the class has had together over the last few years, he emphasized, “The memories and friendships we’ve made here will last a lifetime.”

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Maddie Carroll, the class valedictorian, came up next and reiterated the optimistic tone. She asked her classmates to go on in the world and “use your power to have a positive impact on the world.” Carroll ended her speech with the message, “Don’t fear change, embrace it.”

On behalf of the Madison Board of Education, Lisa Ellis also spoke. She commended the class for the many achievements and high spirits, before inspiring them to “choose to be the best” in everything they do.

The dreams and goals of this graduating class are evidently sky high, but the students will never forget the high school or all started at, as was very clear through the passionate “Dodger Nation” chants that even broke out during the ceremony.