THORNDIKE — Walking across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday was not a final step in the lives of the Mount View High School class of 2013; it was a first step.

The possibilities are endless, class leaders said.

“Whatever our dreams, our goals, our passions, we should never be afraid to pursue them,” class salutatorian Hanna Towle said in her honor essay.

Towle quoted legendary boxer Muhammad Ali to drive her point home: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men. … Impossible is not a fact; it’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration; it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Towel and class of 2013 valedictorian Alexis Morse each received medals for their accomplishments Saturday from high school principal Cheri Towle and assistant principal Thomas Lynch.

Others recognized during commencement exercises were the nine graduates — about 10 percent of the class — who will be going into the military.


Graduates marched into the Mount View gymnasium — home of the Mustangs — dressed in green caps and gowns with white stoles. They marched to the tune “Pomp and Circumstance,” played on an acoustic piano by Madeleine Blake.

In her honor essay to the class, Morse said she has known many of her fellow graduates since kindergarten.

“Now we face the biggest decision of our lives so far: what we want to do and who we want to become,” she said. “We may think we know who we are right now, but we don’t.

“This isn’t a goodbye. It’s a see you later.”

Scholarships were presented by the principal and assistant principal before diplomas were awarded by school superintendent Heather Perry, assisted by school board Chairman Philip Shibles, Cheri Towle and Thomas Lynch.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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