WAKEFIELD — Students, faculty, staff, parents and community members came together this month to celebrate the 281 graduates of Northeast Metro Tech.
On Friday, June 7, seniors from 15 different vocations were celebrated and received their diplomas during a ceremony at Breakheart Stadium.
“Every year we recognize the success of our students, who come from different backgrounds, with different interests, but with a common goal of receiving a 21st century education that prepares them for work or college,” said Chairman of the School Committee Deborah Davis, of Woburn. “Congratulations to the Class of 2019, we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.”
Graduating students represented 12 communities:
- Chelsea: 63
- Malden: 33
- Melrose: 10
- North Reading: 10
- Reading: 4
- Revere: 50
- Saugus: 61
- Stoneham: 6
- Wakefield: 13
- Winchester: 2
- Winthrop: 10
- Woburn: 19
Class President Andrew DeCicco, of Melrose, reflected on what he and his classmates accomplished in their four years at Northeast, stating they wouldn’t be where they are today with out will, determination and support from loved ones, friends and teachers.
Moving forward, he added, graduates should strive for excellence and embrace the journey ahead of them, no matter where it leads.
“Our class has already shown that we all are capable of accomplishing our goals when we commit ourselves to them,” DeCicco said. “As we all continue on in our lives, let’s take on each new problem with confidence, knowing that we have achieved great heights and are equipped with the necessary tools to tackle our futures.”
This year, twin siblings Amrit Pal Kaur and Amrit Kaur, of Malden, were the salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively.
Amrit Pal recognized the parents, guardians and family members who were at the ceremony, and who helped their students reach this milestone in their lives.
“All of us are headed in different directions, but we will always stay connected to our roots,” she said. “As we continue on in our journey, it is our time to become role models for the future generations by having high standards and morals, by maintaining a strong worth ethic and doing so with confidence and compassion.”
Amrit touched on the past, present and future in her valedictorian speech — stating “we learn from our past, enjoy the present and work hard for our future.”
Although sad to close this chapter in her life, Amrit reflected on the family members who pushed everyone to work their hardest, the teachers who instilled knowledge and the friends who were there along all the ups and downs over the last four years.
“Some of us will go on to college, others will go into the workforce, but each one of us will travel our own path,” she concluded. “As Dr. Seuss said,’You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!'”