ConGRADulations, Staples Class of 2016!

Outgoing superintendent of schools Elliott Landon announced — in his best snow day voice — that on Monday, June 20, “the Westport Public Schools will be closed!”

Valedictorian Will Andrews delivered a powerful, honest address. He talked about the stresses of Westport, and his own path to self-discovery.

483 seniors received diplomas.

And then — just like that — they were off, on 483 journeys into the real world.

But they’ll always be our kids.

On the way to the fieldhouse, guests passed a large board on which graduates listed their post-high school plans.

On the way to the fieldhouse, a large board lists graduates’ post-high school plans. (Click on or hover over all photos to enlarge.)

A bulletin board saluted Best Buddies. One of Staples' most popular clubs, it fosters 1-on-1 friendships between intellectually and developmentally disabled students, and their classmates.

A bulletin board salutes Best Buddies. One of Staples’ most popular clubs, it fosters 1-on-1 friendships between intellectually and developmentally disabled students, and their classmates.

483 diploma covers sat on tables in the fieldhouse. Each graduate received one. The actual diplomas came later.

483 diploma covers sit on tables in the fieldhouse. Each graduate receives one. The actual diplomas come later.

A proud grad poses for a photo.

A proud soon-to-be grad poses for a photo.

The class of 2016 congregates behind the filedhouse, before marching inside.

The class of 2016 congregates behind the filedhouse, before marching inside.

Assistant principal Karyn Morgan (left) and grade level assistant Alice Addicks, together one last time. Both are retiring this year.

Assistant principal Karyn Morgan (left) and grade level assistant Alice Addicks, together one last time. Both are retiring this year.

Grads often decorate their mortarboards. This is one of the best.

Grads often decorate their mortarboards. This is one of the best.

Patty McQuone -- Staples' popular attendance secretary -- is ready with a box of tissues.

Patty McQuone — Staples’ popular attendance secretary — is ready with a box of tissues.

Graduates rise for the national anthem.

Graduates rise for the national anthem.

Valedictorian Will Andrews has a strong message for his 2016 classmates.

Valedictorian Will Andrews has a strong message for his 2016 classmates. On the left in this photo is the mace (topped in blue). It’s carried into the auditorium by the faculty marshal: the educator with the longest continuous service at Staples. This year’s marshal — guidance counselor Denise Honeycutt — retires next week.

Former principal John Dodig (right) and incoming principal James D'Amico chat.

Former principal John Dodig (right) and incoming principal James D’Amico chat.

Grant Sirlin (right) and friends accept congratulations from assistant principal Karyn Morgan.

Grant Sirlin (right) and friends accept congratulations from assistant principal Karyn Morgan.

Courtyard balloons honor Staples' grads.

Courtyard balloons honor Staples grads.

Nicole Donovan (right) photographs her family. Graduate Eliza (cap) is surrounded by her 5 siblings.

Nicole Donovan (right) photographs her family. Graduate Eliza (cap) is surrounded by her 5 siblings.

Staples Key winner (and Players president) Vig Namasivayam, surrounded by his proud family.

Staples Key winner (and Players president) Vig Namasivayam,with proud relatives.

The end of 13 years of school deserves a celebration.

The end of 13 years of school deserves a celebration.

SHS 2016 grad - congrats

 

One response to “ConGRADulations, Staples Class of 2016!

  1. Marjorie Almansi

    Many thanks Dan!!! Can you please post Will’s speech? It sounds like it was great!