Mt. Abram graduates told to ’embrace the mountain, keep an open mind’


Mt. Abram Regional Significant Faculty senior Edilia Stinchfield gets a hug Friday from Assistant Principal Kristina Stevens for the duration of graduation ceremonies in Salem Township. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser

SALEM TOWNSHIP — Mt. Abram Regional Higher School graduating seniors ended up advised to embrace, not worry, the mountain and to hold an open up head by salutatorian Cameron Walters.

“Standing at the rear of me is a mountain, the very same mountain the university is named for,” he claimed. “I can not believe of just about anything a lot more fitting to symbolize the faculty, staff or students. Getting hiked the mountain when a year … I have grown to recognize the problems of the hike and I learn one thing new just about every time to make the trek less difficult for the subsequent calendar year. My awareness of the mountain has paralleled my journey as a result of higher college in many means.”

Those climbing the mountain for the initially time begin at a operate, regardless of being advised to gradual down mainly because the hardest and steepest section arrives at the stop, Walters mentioned.

“Remember, everyday living is a marathon not a sprint,” he mentioned. “We have all concluded a pretty crucial segment of our race but there is still a good deal more to come. Acquire it sluggish and tackle your troubles one particular at a time.”

Mt. Abram Regional Higher College seniors stop by with good friends and family members Friday in Salem Township. Graduation ceremonies were delayed when the sound technique would not perform and had to be changed. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser

There are four false peaks just before reaching the summit, Walters claimed.

“We have attained our own variation of the untrue peak, not fake as in faux,” he observed. “We haven’t reached the leading of the mountain. We have all labored our butts off to graduate but the challenging work does not halt right here, in fact it has only just started. Enable your advancement and development proceed. Do not allow graduation tonight be your remaining location. Established by yourself a new objective whichever path you opt for and enable each phase from here on out direct you to your aspirations.”

Whilst the school’s motto is “Fear the mountain,” these graduating must alter the motto to “Embrace the mountain,” Walters mentioned. “Embrace every thing the mountain embodies, anything you have figured out at university even though the mountain silently seemed more than us.

“Never forget about the reminiscences made at Mt. Abram, now go out into the earth and make recollections with new folks on new adventures,” he extra.

It was introduced that the 40 graduating seniors acquired $822,734 in scholarships from 79 sources. Of the seniors, 23 strategy to show up at secondary educational facilities, 16 will enter the workforce and a single will provide in the United States navy.

Wyatt Sieminski, valedictorian of Mt. Abram Regional High School, speaks Friday all through graduation ceremonies at Salem Township. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser

“Today is a pretty enjoyable working day,” valedictorian Wyatt Sieminski informed people collected. “It is crazy to believe that we began significant university four many years back and now it is time to graduate. We have accomplished a whole lot for the duration of our time in this article. We have won soccer game titles in the center of snow storms, won a basketball video game in Augusta for the initial time in 20 several years and just last week we even managed to come across our time capsule following an hour of digging random holes in the ground.

“Through all of all those items we have grown. By way of our associations, targets, steps and achievements we have slowly but surely develop into the individuals who are all set to acquire the following methods in our lives. Now we are encouraged to just take on the actual earth — a terrifying put loaded with new responsibilities and issues.

“Some learners have recognised what their initially steps in the genuine globe will be though other folks even now aren’t sure what their finest solution is,” Sieminski said. “That is Okay. The actuality is none of us know wherever we will be in one yr, let alone five or 10.”

Uncertainty will be faced in the following calendar year, but there will be possibilities and chances, he included.

The higher university working experience for the Course of 2022 was not vintage, explained Kristina Stevens, assistant principal and athletic director. She spoke of the quite a few troubles confronted and lost alternatives for the duration of the pandemic as nicely as the tragic motor vehicle accident “with our have included.”

“We cried, we grieved and we arrived with each other as a community,” she explained. “We have all been by way of so a lot with each other that we really don’t even chat about it because there looks to be no words and phrases for it. But there is a word for that ‘blah’ we are all sensation, and it is known as ‘languishing.’ It is about the deficiency of link, deficiency of determination and a typical feeling of apathy and numbness.

“Many of us felt this more than the very last couple of decades but when I search into this group of seniors I do see hope for the foreseeable future simply because I believe that you will all study from this practical experience.

“Redefine what is possible from the occasions when items felt quite impossible,” she inspired.

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