2016 Seniors’ Commemoration Was a Throwback

The Scott Arboretum was the setting for SHHS Class of 2016’s Commemoration Ceremonies. Photo by Carter Krouse

The Scott Arboretum was the setting for SHHS Class of 2016’s Commemoration Ceremonies. Photo by Carter Krouse

By Carter Krouse

On Thursday, June 9, the Class of 2016, along with their families and friends, shared memories in the annual Commemoration ceremony at the Scott Amphitheater on the Swarthmore College campus.

The theme of the night was “Throwback Thursday” as the seniors remembered the great times they shared together throughout the years, while also reflecting on their accomplishments. The ceremony was highlighted by wonderful poetry, dance and singing performances that included songs such as “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay and “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

Although this was an emotional night, it was also very entertaining and funny, particularly as groups of seniors representing the four elementary schools in the area (Swarthmore-Rutledge School, Wallingford Elementary School, Nether Providence Elementary School, and St. John Chrysostom) spoke about their memorable experiences, including talent shows, field trips, and chorus.

A transfer student from Finland reflected on his time at Strath Haven. He thanked his teachers and friends, specifically football coach Kevin Clancy for allowing him to fulfill his dream of playing American football.

Another highlight of the evening was when students from the ABC Strath Haven House gave a heartwarming speech thanking not only their parents, but their house parents for providing a nurturing home environment that allowed them to take advantage of excellent academic opportunities throughout their high school careers.

The evening concluded with three seniors making an analogy based on “The Game of Life.” The tiles in the game represent all of the various paths that the students may take. No matter which tile they land on, the Class of 2016 will be successful in life because of the love and support they have received from their teachers, family and friends.

Carter Krouse is a rising senior at Strath Haven High School and an editor of SHHS’s Panther Press.

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