TAUNTON, MA — Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School held their 2008 Graduation Ceremony last Saturday.
The school’s gymnasium was filled to capacity as 228 diplomas were awarded to the 2008 graduating class and addresses were given by Superintendent-Director Dr. Richard M. Gross, Class President Arsenio Latimore, Class Valedictorian Sarah Mulcahey, Principle Carolyn Pearson, who presided over the ceremony.
Principle Pearson presented Terrance R. Cavicchi and Kevin P. Macinnis with scholarships from the James Whittemore Scholarship Fund which was created in memory of James Whittemore, a student of the graduating class who passed away in July, 2007. James’ parents, Bill and Lisa Whittemore, joined Principle Pearson on stage. “You have been really supportive as a family,” Bill Whittemore said, “I know Jimmy is with all of you.” School Committee Chairman Ronald H. Schmidt presented James Whittemore’s high school diploma to his parents.
In his welcome address, Superintendent-Director Richard M. Gross praised the graduates for having won more scholarships than any prior class. “Build and reflect upon those successes,” Dr. Gross said, “and those things that have inspired you and give you the will to take on your adult responsibilities with vigor and sobriety.”
Class President and recipient of the Charles F. Day Award, Arsenio Latimore, acknowledged the importance of parents and guardians in the students’ lives. “Most of us wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their dedication,” Latimore said. Latimore also remembered James Whittemore. “Jimbo, today is your day as well,” he said, “I know he is proud of all of us, so when we march out those doors tonight, we gotta make him proud.”
Class Valedictorian Sarah Mulcahey reminded their four years together. “Everyone waiting to receive their diploma has made friends and memories that will last a lifetime,” she said. She too, took a moment to remember James Whittemore and science teacher Lynn Aw, who passed away in early 2008 and said that they will always be remembered. She left the students with an exhortation to pursue their dreams and to, “never allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do.”