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Exeter Township Senior High awards diplomas to 325 graduates

Exeter Township Senior High School awarded diplomas to 325 graduates during commencement on June 6 at the Santander Arena in Reading.

Class of 2024 graduates who earned the rank of Eagle Scout presented the colors during the singing of the National Anthem by the Exeter Eagleaires.

Class President Brody Oswald opened the ceremony by congratulating the Class of 2024.

“It took a lot of hard work, but after 13 years, we’ve made it,” he said.

Oswald said that although the COVID pandemic had a major influence on their lives, he focused on the vital impact of those around them who helped them find the person they are today. For Oswald, his three older sisters had a great influence on him.

“If it weren’t for my sisters, I don’t think I would be the competitive, positive leader I am today,” he said.

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To his fellow graduates, he said: “I trust you will find the people who will continue to support your dreams and prepare you for the future.”

In his parting words, he said: “It’s important to remember that throughout life, people will come and go, whether for the better or the worse, but it is the memories you share that make it all worthwhile.”

Class speaker Patrick Smith said dreaming big is chasing their wildest dreams by believing in themselves and overcoming their fears in order to live their best lives. He said they cannot be afraid of failure and have to be willing to make sacrifices and take risks.

“We have to continue to keep our eyes on the prize,” he said.

Exeter Township Senior High class speaker Patrick Smith told the Class of 2024 to dream big and chase their wildest dreams. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)
Exeter Township Senior High class speaker Patrick Smith told the Class of 2024 to dream big and chase their wildest dreams. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)

Smith learned that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks and that failing is a part of growth.

“The only way we will become a better us every day is if we learn from our mistakes. Failure teaches us to make changes,” he said.

Smith advised the Class of 2024 to only do what they are passionate about, take chances and don’t be afraid to fail. Every day they get a fresh start.

“Be unique, be you, be true to yourself,” he said. “Stick out from the rest because that is what is going to set you apart from everybody else.”

Smith also said that the quickest way to succeed is to start now and figure it out as you go.

“There’s no manual to success and you can’t learn to drive a parked car.”

In his final words to the graduates, Smith said: “No matter what life throws you, don’t stop chasing your dreams,” and, “Dream big.”

Class speaker Amber Urena welcomed the graduates to this milestone of moment that marks the beginning of the rest of their lives. They surpassed the obstacles that plagued them.

“We have triumphed over our fears and doubts. We have learned resistance and developed our passions. These are no easy feats and are worthy of recognition and admiration,” she said.

Exeter Township Senior High class speaker Amber Urena told the Class of 2024 to dream without any confines and believe they can make it to the top. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)
Exeter Township Senior High class speaker Amber Urena told the Class of 2024 to dream without any confines and believe they can make it to the top. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)

Urena encouraged the graduates to remember they are capable and they have all the tools they need to reach their wildest dreams.

“I want you to dream without any confines,” she said. “Believe that you can make it to the top.”

There will be times of frustration and people who will tell you cannot reach your goal, but their dream is valuable so don’t give up and never stop believing in their ability, said Urena.

“May your drive to make it to the top be stronger than any adversity you face,” she said.

Urena told the graduates to remember their time at Exeter, the way they achieved their goals despite hardships and that they are never alone. Exeter helped them develop strength and resilience.

“You should dream as big as you can,” she said.

Parting with some wisdom by Taylor Swift, she said: “Don’t you see the starlight, don’t you dream impossible things.”

Exeter Township Senior High Principal Thomas Campbell said the Class of 2024 graduates on a special day, the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a monumental and devastating event that came at a huge expense of material and human life.

“Yet, despite all those costs, it was a success for the allies and a turning point in WWII,” said Campbell. “That success hinged on every man and woman involved knowing that they were a part of a much bigger cause.”

To the graduates and the crowd gathered in the stadium, Campbell said they must live up the Greatest Generation that sacrificed and cooperated to win WWII.

“We have plenty of challenges in front of us and I cannot think of a more talented and capable group of people to step up and address them,” he said.

Presenting the graduates, Campbell said: “We’re counting on you, Eagles. Class of 2024, we are proud of you and expect great things.”

Exeter Township Senior High Class of 2024 graduate waves her diploma during commencement June 6. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)
Exeter Township Senior High Class of 2024 graduate waves her diploma during commencement June 6. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Breton, Exeter Township School District)

Prior to the presentation of diplomas, Exeter Superintendent Dr. Christy Haller said graduating from high school is an extremely important accomplishment and the culmination of 13 years of hard work.

“During this journey, each of you has traveled a unique path, celebrated by accomplishments, faced challenges and learned important life lessons along the way,” said Haller.

“Ultimately, it is your dedication and strength of will that has gathered your loved ones, friends, and Exeter staff to celebrate the significant life moment with you,” she said.

“As we know your time as an Exeter student ends today, your life journey is just beginning,” Haller continued. “Regardless of their next steps, the power to shape your own path is now in your hands.”

Her wish for the Class of 2024 is to cherish their time at Exeter as they begin this next leg of their journey.

“Hold the memories of your childhood close to your heart,” concluded Haller. “Follow your dreams.”

“And remember, you will always be an Exeter Eagle.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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