NARRAGANSETT- Graduates from the Narragansett High School Class of 2013 took one more step into their future as they accepted their diplomas Thursday.
The University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center was filled with family, friends and faculty members that shared their support and personal advice to the graduates as they move on to their future endeavors. Superintendent Katherine Sipala expressed her appreciation for the students and left them with simple advice.
“I have the most pride when seeing you as strong, independent, but very sensitive and caring students. You have really developed into great, young people,” said Sipala. “Keep performing to the very best of your abilities. Whatever you do, do your best and work hard at it. Those activities have served you well to this point, may you continue to reap the benefits of those values and experience even greater success and satisfaction as you enter into the next phase of your life.”
Retired teacher of Narragansett, Ulysses Gallman, presented the commencement address and urged the students that the true secret to success is to live their life around the word “caring.”
“When I say the word caring, I mean as in to care, as in to be mindful of, as in taking care of your business and having a caring attitude in everything you do,” said Gallman.
The valedictorian Eliza DeCubellis and salutatorian Heather Dorich also presented speeches and stated their future goals not only for themselves but for their fellow classmates.
DeCubellis said that she was honored to be graduating with students that she has known and studied with for more than 13 years, and to have had such a close relationship with the teachers including Gallman who was her eighth grade teacher.
“I believe that we certainly left our mark and I believe our presence will be missed. But not to forget that we did not make it this far alone,” said DeCubellis. “We have been encouraged every second of the way by some of the most amazing educators, community members, counselors, and family members. They have undeniably shaped us who we are today and into the people we will become. Our success is your success.”
DeCubellis also said that her main motivation and supporter that has encouraged her to complete everything to the best of her ability is her sister Katie that passed away when Eliza was four years old, due to a drunk driving accident. DeCubellis created a collage of photos honoring her sister on her graduation cap. She said that Katie has encouraged her to become involved with and succeed as much as she can because if she was still here, she would be doing the same thing.
“I have been inspired to live my life to the fullest, make her proud and achieve the goals that she was never able to do,” said DeCubellis.
Dorich stated her strong belief that passion can drive us to who we are today, and she encouraged her fellow classmates to follow their passion.
“Passion pushes and sometimes pulls a person to reach their goals, that is why I encourage all of you to follow your passion,” said Dorich.
Dorich also said that she believes the class of 2013 can make the world better and all they have to do is follow their passion and they will create change.