By Madeline Hughes
The Shelburne Community School Wind Ensemble for the 2018-19 school year played its first gig together last week when it assembled to salute the eighth grade graduating class.
Eighth grade musicians took their seats with their graduating class in a late afternoon celebration last Thursday where 74 students received their official graduation certificates in the school gymnasium.
Instead of a “2018” sign, a giant “2022” served as a backdrop – looking ahead to the students’ high school graduation year that awaits.
Eighth graders Emma Anderson, Lindsay Beer, Anthony Seidita, Sophia Stevens and Neva Williams took turns speaking. They reflected on what being a SCS student meant through the years, from the community to the relationships they built during their years at SCS.
Lydia Maitland and Weller Henderson gave the alumni address to students.
Principal Scott Sivo turned to Joan Lenes, a veteran school board member who recently stepped down after 26 years of service, to offer her thoughts.
Looking back on her time on the Shelburne and recently merged Champlain Valley School District boards, Lenes said she enjoyed her time spent working on local education. She told the students lessons she learned are universal.
“Education means growing, exploring, discovering, questioning, and finding our way,” Lenes said. “That journey comes with failures, successes, and trying again. I don’t think it is bad to fail. I think it is an opportunity missed when we don’t try at all.”
“You won’t love every path you take but those experiences will help you to know who you are, what your passions are, and even what you don’t want to do,” Lenes advised.
Principal Sivo, guidance counselor Rachel Petraska and school board member Barbra Marden handed out certificates to the 74 graduating eighth graders.