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Heartbeat of Haverhill Found in the 2013 Graduating Class of Haverhill High School

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The Haverhill High School Class of 2013 Commencement program was impressive. But with four pages of two columned names it’s easier to consider this group as a whole – the Class of 2013. But there are 386 names in that program and with each name from the simple  (Jamie Smith) to the exotic (Sopheaksoksandy So) comes an individual.

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These individuals earned 7 pages of awards. These individuals will attend college in record numbers. These individuals will serve our country. These individuals will venture into the work force. And one of these individuals will be missed always.

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Each student has a voice to be heard and this point was driven home by the estimated 40% of women and 10% of men who opted to share their emerging voices through their mortarboard caps. There were calls for peace, declarations of love, artistic expressions, there were caps designed to help family members identify one student in a vast sea of students, there were rainbows and sparkles.

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So congratulations to each of you with your promise, your convictions, your strong work ethic and an idealism that could change the world. Every commencement speaker points out the daunting fact that you are our future. You are the future of Haverhill. You are the future of the world.

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And while we’re not saying you have to save the world tomorrow, or that you have to save the world alone, we always believe you will do a better job than we did, and we were pretty awesome in our day.

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I take my hat off to each of you.

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Hope you find your hat.

©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell

14 comments on “Heartbeat of Haverhill Found in the 2013 Graduating Class of Haverhill High School

  1. klee
    June 11, 2013

    Love the color on the caps. We were not allowed to do that when we graduated HHS in the 90s nor were we allowed to throw our caps in the air. My how times change . Congrats 2013

    • brain4rent
      June 11, 2013

      But it may be a change for the better. thanks for reading.

  2. brain4rent
    June 11, 2013

    If you enjoyed this post and want more good news from Haverhill, please click on the “Follow this Blog” button in the right hand column and you’ll never miss another chance to be impressed by Haverhill.

    • brain4rent
      June 12, 2013

      Some times on smart phone the follow button is on the bottom, so you’ll need to scroll there

  3. Rich Rosa
    June 11, 2013

    Great photos and nice blog post about the Haverhill High graduates.

  4. Lynne Favreau
    June 11, 2013

    Nice acknowledgement Alison. Whatever problems there have been/are/will be, at HHS, as whole I’ve found the kids to be accepting, interesting, and fun to be with. They deserve the accolades for having made it this far, and our encouragement and support as they move forward. I love the individuality displayed in their mortar board decor.

    • brain4rent
      June 11, 2013

      I went without knowing anyone in the graduating class (relative newbie to town) and was so impressed by the cap art that I sent the blog to my nieces who graduate next year. Always appreciate your input Lynne!

      • Niece
        June 11, 2013

        The caps are so creative! Awesome blog

  5. Sexychickxo
    June 11, 2013

    Very inspiring. Love the photography

    • brain4rent
      June 11, 2013

      Thank you Niece and SCxo…appreciate the visits to my blog. And I was very much in awe of what can be done with a mortar board canvas. Come back and visit again anytime!

  6. brain4rent
    June 11, 2013

    If you know any of the mortarboard artists…leave it in a reply with a description of the hat so the right person gets credit.

  7. The Essential Hillie
    June 14, 2013

    Thank you for acknowledging the uniqueness of each member of the HHS Class of 2013. They are an impressive bunch collectively, and inspiring people individually.

    • brain4rent
      June 14, 2013

      Hi Essential Hillie, I have visited your site numerous times so glad you came for a visit here as well. If you ever have an idea for a story, let me know and maybe we can collaborate.

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Alison Colby-Campbell

Brain4Rent/THoH

Brain4Rent/THoH

Full-brain user demonstrating a healthy(?) obsession with marketing, promotion, writing, photography, house rabbits, the natural world, tennis, big and small problem solving, reading, hiking, HGTV and the flotsam & jetsam of everyday life. My three blogs Brain4Rent, The Heartbeat of Haverhill, Alison Colby-Campbell Photography are Wordpress based.

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