Edison – Eagles and Hawks flew as Edison Township School District celebrated 2022 with much-needed pomp and ‘natural’ conditions.
District received Edison High School (EHS) Singles Graduation, 63rd Annual Opening Ceremony; and John P. Stevens High School (JP), its 58th annual debut, on June 17.
High school graduation ceremonies are back at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway.
“Although March 2020 seems like a long time ago, we are still dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and you have all dealt with it throughout their high school careers,” said Principal Bernard Bragen. “Growing out of high school during these turbulent times was not easy and all of you should be commended for sitting here today.”
Bragan told the class of 2022 students to “fight for what you believe in.”
“My advice is to always be true to that inner voice that we all have, that inner voice that reminds us of what is important to us,” he said, adding, “The road ahead will not be easy.” “Choose a path that aligns with your goals and never give up.”
During the festivities, Bragan and school officials were joined by members of the Edison Board of Education and Mayor Sam Joshi.
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Director Charles Ross said that as the 2022 chapter embarks on their respective futures after “four disjointed years,” he urged the chapter to continue to “make this whole world, your world, better.”
He said, “It’s your generation.” “The eyes of this audience, the Internet, the world are all on you. In company with like-minded alumni in the class of 2022, you guys can achieve… eradicate hate, reduce disease, and secure the rights we hold dear. I dare you, this task will not be easy. “.
Ross said he was “absolutely confident” of the “courage and dedication” for the 2022 class. He told the students to remember the “four” of Eagle Pride—respect, willingness, responsibility, red and gold. “
Srinidhi Venkatesh, a student of excellence, and Vasumathi Venkat, the devotee, gave their private speeches.
Vasumathi, who heads to Princeton University in the fall, said life is like a beach where “desires, goals, and relationships” often get washed up on its shores and sometimes get washed up by the waves.
“When the time comes, hmm [desires, goals and relationships] Come to you, they changed you and parted from you,” she said.
Vasumathi said that the past should be “a buoy, not an anchor”.
“We may not understand why life happens the way it does, but rest assured, it is understood that the past is the best it can be,” she told her colleagues. “Look to the future because the best is yet to come.”
Srindi, who heads to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in the fall, said she wandered off talking with her peers and teachers as she prepared for her singular address.
As she roamed, moments were shared from “catching a chicken sandwich in a spirited rally” and “finding everyone dressed as (actor) Adam Sandler on Soul Day”, to “placing a cup of instant ramen into a time capsule” and “dancing with a group” Great for charity.”
“These are not life-changing moments,” she said, “but they will be what each of you will remember 20 years from now.”
Srindi asked her colleagues to reflect on their moments at EHS. She thanked her class for helping her find one of her moments while giving her speech.
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Director Anthony Schallop said the Class of 2022 has shown resilience in meeting the challenges of the past two years.
“This class is a symbol of perseverance and dedication,” he said.
Schalop urged the students to use their achievements to improve the world around them.
He said, “Give back to those around you and push it forward.” “This mindset is of paramount importance especially in today’s world. By continuing to challenge yourself and give back, you will continue to see greater and meaningful success.”
Michael Galsim, a masters student, and Owen Shen, a deliverer, gave their speeches.
Owen, who also served as class president, said attending JP was like “living in another world.”
“Nowhere else can you get the experience we have here,” he said, with “an incredibly diverse and multicultural student body, a wide range of opportunities, both in academic and extracurricular, and a dedicated and tireless selection of faculty members.” …”
Owen, who heads to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in the fall, said that while they all progress, he will always “root” the successes of his peers.
“I know some of you dream of running the world,” he said, “but it’s much more important to be able to change someone’s world.” “If you see someone struggling, reach out to them. Inspiring someone to improve themselves, showing appreciation for someone’s efforts. Bringing a better life to those around you. [Use] Your resources to light up someone else’s day… You still have the opportunity to make a positive impact on just one person. In fact, I know that you are capable of changing someone’s world because you have already done so for me.”
Michael said the Class of 2022 is full of people who have made incredible achievements. He urged his peers to stay “focused on what you love”.
“If you tend to what makes you unique and happy,” he said, “everything falls into place.”
Michael, heading to Rutgers University in the fall, urged his peers to “be different in your own way” and not care about what other people think.
“Your opinion of yourself is much more important than anyone else,” he said. “You can find a way to live your life and be content with it. Our growing capitalist society may give you that you’re a failure, but then again who cares. You’ll be happy with your own life and the rest of them are so focused on the rush and the grind to back out and the realization that there are so many different paths toward achievement.”
“Remember that your life is what you make alone. So be proud of what you make. Take a step back and think… We got this.”