Plainville High celebrates graduation

Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:50


PLAINVILLE - Plainville High School’s Class of 2018 celebrated their achievements as they looked toward a bright future Wednesday at their graduation ceremony.

Although the weather was grey, graduates were filled with hope and optimism as they marched onto the athletic field as the school band filled the air with the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Friends and family members carrying congratulatory balloons and umbrellas watched from the bleachers, cheering, applauding and snapping photos of the graduates to cherish the celebratory moment.

Class President Alyssa Fontaine welcomed her peers and the guests, including town leaders and local legislators.

Nicholas Costantini sang the national anthem, after which Town Council Chairwoman Kathy Pugliese read a proclamation in the students’ honor.

“Congratulations and best wishes for a happy and rewarding life,” she said.

State Sen. Henri Martin and state Rep. William Petit also wished the graduates well.

“Always keep hope,” said Petit. “Be kind to everyone you see and, finally, persevere. Life is going to have ups and downs and bumps along the way.”

Andrea Saunders, chairwoman of the Board of Education, Maureen Brummett, superintendent of schools and Plainville High School Principal Roberto Medic then left the graduates with final words of wisdom.

“You should all be proud for accomplishing this goal,” said Saunders, who urged graduates to never give up as they go forward.

Brummett noted the Class of 2018 had completed 1,100 college credits and 4,400 community service hours, received $200,000 in scholarships and 84 percent will be going on to college. She encouraged graduates to take care of the environment, treat others as they wish to be treated, make time for family, work together to make the world a better place and have a sense of humor.

Valedictorian Nathan Michalek and Salutatorian Abigail Leander reminisced about their school memories and encouraging and congratulating the graduates.

“My advice to you is this,” Michalek said. “Embrace change, challenge society and make the most out of your life. But, most importantly don’t forget to enjoy the people that are by your side day after day. Don’t forget to enjoy the countless experiences that come together to create your life.”

“There are so many more experiences that are awaiting us after graduation that will further shape our beliefs and even inspire new ones,” said Leander. “I encourage you all to find your beliefs and reflect on what has rooted those ideas in you and, as you develop your convictions, don’t be afraid of those who will disagree with you.”

Then, at last, the moment which the students had long awaited arrived. As they stepped up one by one to receive their diplomas they took the final steps on their journey through the Plainville Public School system and their first on the next leg of their journey into their adult lives.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Plainville on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:50. Updated: Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:52.