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Salutatorian Matthew K. Sexton, who will attend Wheaton College, drew lessons from three animated Disney movies: "The Lion King," "Aladdin" and "Up."
"Be true to yourself," Sexton said, adding, "life itself is an adventure."
Though the graduation created perfect moments for students and their families, the weather was far from perfect. The first raindrops began falling during the playing of "Pomp and Circumstance" as the graduates marched into the stadium, and the rain picked up throughout the ceremony, becoming a steady drizzle for most of the morning.
Merrimack graduates, Cameron Jameson and Katie Duggan kiss in the gym before walking to the football field Saturday morning to take part in Merrimack High's commencement ceremonies. Jameson and Duggan have been dating for five years, which is a little bit longer than their high school years. Jameson plans to go to Nashua Community College in the fall and hopes to transfer to Keene State for education, while Duggan will go to Rivier College to major in Criminal Justice.
No life is perfect, so don't obsess over mistakes you make, Johnson said.
"I had big umbrellas open," Deslauriers said, noting he had to adjust the position of the tripod.
"At least it stopped raining," he said.
The class of 2010 isn't perfect, but the class compiled "perfect 10 moments," Johnson said, listing some of the class member's best achievements in athletics and in other activities.
In one touching moment, former School Board member Emily Coburn, a longtime member of the board, awarded the diploma to her daughter, Caitlyn E. Coburn.
class of 2010 on Saturday morning.
"Don't dwell on what has happened. Don't dwell on mistakes," Sexton told the other 351 members of the graduating class during ceremonies held at the football stadium behind Merrimack High School.
In welcoming remarks, Kenneth Johnson, the principal, thanked the school's teachers for their "hard work, commitment to excellence and leadership to our kids."
Indeed, there was a break in the rain just about the time Irizarry walked onto the stage, to the hollers and applause of family members about a dozen were attending and would celebrate Irizarry's graduation at a gathering today, Deslauriers said.
The commencement ceremonies also included performances of "Black Granite" by the Merrimack High School Concert Band and of "Bring on Tomorrow" by the Merrimack High School Chamber Choir.
No one lives a perfect life, Johnson said. He referred to the science fiction novel "Replay," about a man who gets to repeatedly relive his life, each time with regrets.
Merrimack grads draw on movies for lessons
Sounding the theme of perfection, Principal Kenneth Johnson said there is no such thing as a "perfect 10," not Bo Derek in the Guess Uk Bags
"Instead of asking 'what if,' ask Balenciaga Edge City Bag what makes my life great," he said.
Live life to the fullest and learn to love every moment, students who delivered the salutatory and valedictory addresses urged their fellow graduates of the Merrimack High School Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Backpack
On grass in front of the bleachers, parent Jean Claude Deslauriers set up his 35mm camera on a tripod to capture the moment 50 yards away when his stepdaughter Jennifer Irizarry would be awarded her diploma. Deslauriers draped his jacket over the camera as he waited for Irizarry's turn to walk onto the stage. When that moment arrived, other obstacles presented themselves.
Johnson said graduating senior Ashley C. Barrar told him her perfect moment "was leaving the school thinking, 'this was all worth it.'"
movie "10," not Nadia Comaneci's performance in the 1976 Olympics not even a "perfect game" by a baseball pitcher is without flaws.
Accept life as it is and learn to love every moment, Princeton bound valedictorian and class president Ross T. Johnson said.
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