North Dorchester’s Eagles fly from nest

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North Dorchester High School’s Class of 2019 President Jocelyn Meyers led her fellow seniors to the stage for their graduation ceremony on Thursday.

SHILOH — “Worked hard. Had fun. Made history,” Jocelyn Meyers said Thursday. The North Dorchester High School Class of 2019 president was quoting the class motto in her welcoming address to the packed auditorium at the school.

She and her fellow seniors did indeed make history, being the last ones to finish their high school careers in the current building. With the new, state-of-the-art structure beside it nearly finished, the old, red-brick school will be torn down this summer.

Board of Education member Laura Layton gave the commencement address, saying, “While the new school may replace the old, the memories will never be forgotten.” Ms. Layton added to those memories with her speech, recounting the history of the current building, dating back to 1954.

With the building having finished its useful life not only as an educational site, but also a community center, it will make way for the new and much larger structure in time for the fall semester.

The Class of 2019 comprised 111 graduates. Their officers were President Jocelyn Meyers, Vice President Jasmine Lofland, Secretary Lucas Thorpe, Treasurer Jenna Usilton, and Spirit Officer JerMia Travers.

Emily Marshall gave the Salutatory Address, followed by Ms. Layton. Jenna Usilton gave the Valedictory Address.

Diplomas were presented by Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell and Board of Education President Glenn Bramble. Awards were presented by Principal Jacqueline Sorrells and Assistant Principal Erin Fitzgerald.

Class advisors were Philip Albert and Adam Wilson. Senior Counselor was Ami Parks.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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