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Seniors tell ‘coming of age’ story

  • Frontier Regional School graduates walk to commencement Friday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate after Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate after Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate after Friday's commencement ceremony. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School Senior Raili Jane Zoller Sharp acceptsa scholarship during Friday's commencement.

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate at Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate at Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School graduates celebrate at Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Frontier Regional School seniors participate in Friday's commencement. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo



For the Bulletin
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Wearing navy gowns and white or gold stoles, 86 Frontier Regional School seniors walked across the graduation stage Friday evening beneath a beautiful pastel sky. 

The North Main Street school’s 60th commencement was for many a bittersweet sendoff into adulthood. While looking to the horizon, class of 2017 speakers nostalgically reminisced about the past four years.

“This coming of age story has reached its peak, and now it’s time to set sail. Hold on tightly to all who’ve helped you this far,” said Senior Ian Newman, representing the National Honor Society.

Around the students, seated on the football field grass, hundreds of parents and well-wishers enthusiastically showed their support. School officials awarded 177 scholarships worth $96,000 to 66 deserving students.

The commencement address was delivered by Douglas Tierney, retired Deerfield Elementary School principal. Tierney praised engagement in the arts and encouraged the seniors to pursue their passions. 

“We’re at last at the crest; the top of our journey; the catharsis of our literature,” Senior Class President Tenzin Tsedon said in an eloquent speech directed at her classmates. “I’m looking at you now, and I have so much love for you all.”