ConGRADulations, Staples Class Of 2019!

Staples High School’s 132nd graduation ceremony took place this afternoon, in the fieldhouse.

475 seniors received diplomas.

They head to 163 different colleges, from Fairfield to Shanghai. A few will take gap years, join the military, or enter the workforce.

Those are the numbers. Here are the faces. Well done, Wreckers!

Anisa Prasad (left) is the salutatorian. Her sister Sirina Prasad is the valedictorian. Both will attend Harvard University.

Music teacher Nick Mariconda (left) retires this year, after a 41-year career with the Westport schools. He carried the mace as the longest continually serving Staples faculty member. James D’Amico leaves after 3 years as principal, and 18 in the school district. He’ll become the next principal of New Fairfield High.

Thumb’s up, for sure!

Maria Maisonet receives her diploma from interim superintendent of schools Dr. David Abbey. Board of Education chair Mark Mathias looks on.

Class speaker Victoria Cao offers words of advice.

Students decorate mortarboards in a variety of ways …

… and then, on a signal from Declan Byrne and Elle Fair, toss them joyfully in the air.

Then it’s on to photo ops …

… celebratory cigars …

… and graduation parties. This one honors A Better Chance of Westport scholars Darby Aurelien and David Li.

Every year, people ask why Staples graduation is not outdoors. Here’s why. (All photos/Dan Woog)

5 responses to “ConGRADulations, Staples Class Of 2019!

  1. Congratulations to this great group of students! Wishing them well as their journeys continue; may they be filled with good health, happiness, enrichment and fulfillment.

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Photo-journalism at it’s 06880’s finest!

    My fav is the cigar-crowd shot … there’s so much going on there, with each graduate’s expression and body language, captured gleefully, and without pretense (the students seem genuinely natural).

    Reminds me of your recent post on the Levitt concert, and that shot of the musicians, taking a casual break by the river. It had the same vibe … fun, un-staged, revealing!

    Keep it up Dan!

  3. Kathryn Coster

    Congrats to all !!!! My 1974 Staples graduation was outside…oh what a hot time it was…but who noticed…we were all headed off to new adventures !

  4. Cristina Negrin

    There was no field house when we graduated, Dan! (But it was a sunny day on the football field!)