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Graduation 2013

From left: Concord High School students Nolan Carew, Alicia Sanders-Zakre, Ashwin Raghurajan, Thatcher Eills and Tobias Eckers talk before the school's commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 in Concord on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff

Concord High graduates told to find courage, pursue passions

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thatcher Eills and Ashwin Raghurajan joined an elite group of high schoolers nationwide when they were named National Merit Scholars earlier this year. But their time at Concord High School was filled with far more than school books. During the past four years, Eills served as co-president of the National Honor Society and captain of the rowing team, and helped …

Advice for graduates: Floss, overcome adversity, be thankful

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Liz Cyr graduated from Pittsfield Middle High School yesterday with plans to become a vet technician. Life coach might be another option – even at 18. First, Cyr knows how to manage a demanding schedule. She’s maintained high honors while playing soccer, performing in plays, twirling flags with the winter color guard and mentoring an elementary school student for three years. She’s served …

Merrimack Valley graduate, mother determined to overcome life’s challenges, succeed

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Motivation comes in many varieties. For Daiquiri Przybyla, it takes the form of a babbling, squealing, fuzzy-headed little girl who can walk across the backyard if she holds your fingers and who just figured out how to roll over. Przybyla, who lives in Penacook, was one of 177 seniors to graduate from Merrimack …

John Stark Regional graduation speaker: ‘Stay alert, alive and involved’ with others

Sunday, June 16, 2013

More than monetary success, those who came to say goodbye to the Class of 2013 at John Stark Regional High School yesterday hoped the graduates would find real happiness in the little things and in service to others. Yesterday marked the 26th graduation ceremony for the high school …

Kearsarge Regional Class of 2013 lauded for ‘high bar’ it set

Sunday, June 16, 2013

On a sun-splashed afternoon, Kearsarge Regional High School’s Class of 2013 was praised for its accomplishments inside and outside the classroom during graduation exercises held on the football field in Sutton yesterday. “It is a high bar you have set,” said Superintendent of Schools Jerome Frew. “You’ve done …

Pembroke graduate becomes first in family to receive diploma

Sunday, June 16, 2013

In Paige Smith’s complicated family history, there is one event that was never present: a high school graduation. Until yesterday, that is. Smith, 17, graduated from Pembroke Academy yesterday morning, making her the first person in her family to receive a high school diploma. “I’m sorry,” Smith laughed …

Second Start graduates get second chance at academic success

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

As a student at Concord High School, Courtney Ivy didn’t do well with deadlines. She had a hard time completing any assignments, and as the year went on she’d stop showing up to class. Slowly, her grades fell …

Belmont High School graduates laugh, hug their way through

Sunday, June 9, 2013

In the last moment of his high school career, Jared Clough of Canterbury got swept up in the enthusiasm of his classmates and – for old times’ sake – gave one last burst of youthful exuberance. Belmont High School officials stood ready to give Clough his diploma, the …

At Bishop Brady, a portrait in resilience

Saturday, June 8, 2013

For most high school seniors, classes and schoolwork are a cumbersome burden they would be glad to be rid of. But for Simbi Ntahobari, her education at Bishop Brady High School has been a haven that has kept her moving forward through a trying time in her life. …

St. Paul’s School graduate challenges classmates to continue improving

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kristen Ramcharan didn’t have to go far to see the world. “This is the place where an African American girl from Jersey who enjoys knitting can meet a Caucasian fellow from Boston whose writing is witty and honest,” …

Coe-Brown graduates look to the future, and abroad

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The list of places John Dylan DeButts hopes to one day visit is long – too long to quantify, according to the 18-year-old, who graduated last night from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, along with 159 other students. But if …

Kelly Ayotte speaks to New England College graduates

Sunday, May 19, 2013

At Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s own college graduation, she wouldn’t have believed she would someday hold public office. “But I’m living proof that life surprises you,” she told New England College graduates yesterday. Ayotte was the keynote speaker at …

Bush v. Gore lawyers send off UNH law school’s 2013 graduates

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Graduates from University of New Hampshire School of Law won’t cure diseases or rid the world of poverty, said commencement speaker, famed lawyer David Boies. But what they will do can be just as extraordinary. “You are probably …

Strong relationships, persistence keys to success for NTHI graduates

Friday, May 17, 2013

On many evenings for the past two years, Shannon Marquis has sat at a dining room table covered in nursing books while her four children run around it. When school was in session, she spent about 20 hours …