Millbrook graduates:  ‘Poised, confident, and articulate’

Valedictorian Hannah Ross wins applause at Millbrook High School commencement June 21.

Gavin Marr

Millbrook graduates: ‘Poised, confident, and articulate’

MILLBROOK — Due to poor weather forecasts, spirited friends and family of the Millbrook High School graduating class gathered indoors for the commencement ceremony on Friday, June 21.

Principal Eric Seipp began the ceremony by demonstrating his reluctance to move the event into the school’s auditorium.

“I know many of you are extremely disappointed with the decision to have our ceremony inside. Please know that this decision did not come lightly,” said Seipp.

Shortly after, Seipps’ remarks sparked laughter across the crowd after sharing some words of wisdom, “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” Seipp recognized and reinforced the graduates’ most notable attributes, “...poised, confident and articulate.”

Next on stage was Caroline Hernandez Pidila, Superintendent of Schools. She addressed the class as “the resilient class of 2024.” Pidila acknowledged a theme of uncertainty through their time, and their growth because of it.

In her message to the graduates, Colett Alonge-Watz, chemistry Instructor and Class of 2024 Co-advisor, celebrated cherished memories of several graduates. From eventful trips to Universal, to minute kind gestures, the class had an apparent and positive impact on Alonge-Watz.

Salutatorian Natalie Fox took to the podium to reflect on her years at Millbrook High School. Fox highlighted the class’ journey from virtual classrooms to in-person celebrations, including memories of winning state championships.

In the last speech of the day, Valedictorian Hannah Ross shared a quote, “If you want to go across the ocean, you first have to build a boat. You haven’t built the boat yet, you haven’t put in the ground work that’s needed. Without that you’re not going anywhere.” Ross’ narrative on the navigation of the life she believes her peers can lead is certain to resonate.

Before caps flew, Principal Seipp along with Board of Education President Perry Hartswick and Superintendent Pidila presented diplomas to the 64 graduates of the class of 2024.

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