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Before the Class of 2019 stepped foot onto the track to begin
commencement exercises, family, loved ones, and friends were already
cheering wildly for the soon-to-be graduates on the sunny morning of
June 22. Students entered the field proudly in their green and white
caps and gowns, waving and smiling as the high school band played “Pomp
To start off the ceremony, senior members of
the high school choir performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and the
Harborfields alma mater. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ianni then took
the podium and congratulated both students and proud parents for making
it to this point together, and offered words of encouragement for the
future, drawing from the Roman Philosopher Seneca.
likely more things that will scare us than will crush us,” said Dr.
Ianni, “so let your hopes hold more weight than your fears, and let
every moment be a learning experience.”
Paradise addressed her fellow graduates and expressed that it had been
an honor to grow together from the days of Washington Drive to the day
“Every student here contributed something unique
to HF,” she said. “This class encompasses such a wide variety of
talents. Every one of us has something to be proud of, and a bright
future to look forward to.”
Valedictorian William Waring also
commented on the high caliber of the class of 2019 and the unique and
beautiful nature of being a part of the Harborfields family. When
imparting last words of wisdom to his classmates, William encouraged
them to always hold onto a sense of perspective.
“Every day is
precious, no matter how insignificant it seems,” he said, “so take
risks, live life to the fullest, and focus on the people that really
matter in your lives.”
Class President Eric Warbitsky
congratulated his fellow graduates, recalled fond district-wide
memories, and commented that he would never forget what it was like to
be a part of the Harborfields Family. Featured speaker Kerri McGinty
English teacher, addressed the graduates and encouraged them to use
their voice and face challenges head-on.
“The more you use your voice, and the more you take on challenges, the more you discover who you truly are.”
Timothy Russo congratulated the graduates, commending them for the
incredible young men and women they’ve become. He reflected on the
things he may have wanted to hear as a graduate, but ultimately settled
on something he would have needed to hear.
“Make sure you don’t
speed through your life, and wish you could run every red light,” he
encouraged them. “And instead, when you’re stuck at a standstill, take a
moment to remember all the things that have brought you here—and make
sure you’re still going in the direction you truly need to go.”
also presented each graduate with an evergreen tree, symbolizing the
foundation and roots of their support system. “Let this be a reminder to
you of HF and what you’ve meant to us,” he said.
then received their diploma from a member of the Board of Education.
After moving their tassels from the right to left to commemorate their
completion of high school, graduates tossed their caps into the air,
officially marking them as Harborfields High School alumni.
Congratulations, Class of 2019!
In a belated celebration of Earth Day, Washington Drive Primary School
celebrated “Green Week” from April 29 to May 3. Throughout the week,
students spent time reflecting on ways to “go green” for the planet and
actively helping the environment by bringing in waste-free lunches and
Each morning ways to preserve the environment were read over the morning
announcements, and throughout the day, in-class lessons included “going
green” activities. Students were reminded each day that together, they
can make a difference by doing things such as recycling, picking up
litter, taking shorter showers. Students also made paper dolls and
connected them, hand by hand, throughout the school, to show their
collaborative efforts for the environment. At the end of the week, the
school came together to celebrate the week’s success with an Earth Day
“The Earth is the only planet we’ve got,” said Alex, a first grader in
Ms. Melissa Owen’s class. “There’s nowhere else for us to go if it gets
too dirty or polluted…so we have to take good care of it!”