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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
“Every journey begins with a known destination,” said Jason Zavras, Dover Sherborn High School’s class of 2018 president. “How you get there is the challenge. For all of us, we began on our journey walking through these doors for the first time on August 28, 2014, many of us nervous that ‘Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide’ never covered high school.”
Based on the where the students were sitting, though, as their class president delivered his speech, it was obvious that they needn’t have been anxious or felt ill prepared nearly four years ago. The class of 2018 sat together on Nora Searle Field, sporting their blue gowns and matching caps, as they celebrated their high school graduation on June 7.
The evening commenced with the Dover Sherborn Concert Band’s performance of “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Vice President of the class of 2018 Cameron Tanaka, and the National Anthem by the band.
Dover Selectman John Jeffries and Sherborn Selectman George Morrill were in attendance and offered the students and their families congratulations.
Zavras continued his speech to recognize the all of Dover Sherborn High School’s accomplishment that can be seen through statistics.
“These numbers are all great,” he said. “They represent hard work, dedication, and excellence, but DS is not about numbers. It never was. It never will be. DS is about you,” he said, looking to his classmates.
“It’s the people that make Dover Sherborn wonderful … We have left a mark on our community, and we have left on a mark on this school. We are truly a special class.”
Kerrianne Brown and Molly Murphy addressed the class, as well, posing a hypothetical situation that many of their classmates may face as they head to college: telling a new roommate about their tiny hometown.
Their collaborative speech recalled memories of the Pine Hill sandwich song, playing cone knockdown, nature’s classroom, the fourth grade state song, and the eighth grade DC trip. The two advised their classmates to keep their memories of high school alive by telling the stories of living in a small town.
As each of the students received their diplomas and, as a class, they turned their tassels and tossed their caps in the air, the graduates embraced each other, making their last memories at Dover Sherborn High School beautiful and meaningful ones.