BERLIN — While they will retain fond memories of their time at Berlin High School, the Class of 2019 said they are ready to move on to new experiences.
"The world really is our oyster, and it's up to us to seize all the opportunities we are given ... I'm nervous to be leaving BHS behind, I am also excited to see what we can become, because there's so much that we can do," Valedictorian Madison Monroe said during a graduation ceremony at Central Connecticut State University on Sunday for 228 seniors.
Monroe also credited her teachers with helping her through high school. She will attend Hamilton College in New York to study computer science.
Salutatorian Alex Halkias said he was glad to be part of a graduating class that will continue to strive for success.
"We have a class full of leaders, a class full of promising individuals ...we're far from perfect, but in our flaws and in adversity, we showed resilience," he said.
Principal Eileen Eustis, hired at the end of the last school year, said the Class of 2019 has set a high bar for future classes.
"You demonstrated dignity and class, and always studied, played, performed and competed with a full heart. That is what defines the true spirit of a Berlin High School Redcoat," she said.
Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni urged students to find careers they enjoy and allow them to improve the lives of those around them.
"Here's some bad advice, live each day as if it were your last,” he said. “You will need to make plans, have foresight and set goals, both long and short term. Yes, it is great to value each day and every day, but also be prepared for your tomorrow.”