“We came from different schools and different obstacles, but [today] we graduate as a family,” he said. “We embark on a new journey, but no matter where we go, remember where you came from.”
Liuzzo, who will attend Framingham State in the fall, stood before his class of approximately 370 students on Thursday inside the gymnasium at North Quincy High School.Last-minute showers sent students into the gymnasium for graduation, despite attempts by school staff to keep the ceremony outdoors. The ceremony had been delayed from Tuesday, when heavy rains postponed the festivities.
Despite the disruptions and delays, spirits remained high during the event, as students remembered the past four years.
Not only had the class beaten Quincy High School at almost every sport this year, and had numerous performances and plays, but they had accomplished much in the classroom and in the community, officials remarked.
According to Principal Earl Metzler, the Class of 2012 started the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) group at North Quincy High. Additionally, 50 students were honors students, 35 were foreign language honor society students, and four National Merit scholars.
More than half of the students had received scholarships for good MCAS scores, half the students made the honor role every semester, and from the ROTC program, to performance groups, to robotics, athletics, and academic competitions, the students had excelled.
Not to mention that the students have always had a profound dedication to service, both in the armed forces, and to the community.
“Graduating from this high school means something. They know they are getting a high- caliber citizen,” Metzler said.
Class President Mary Theresa McGough, who will attend Harvard in the fall, reminded her fellow classmates to stay dedicated to that service that had made her class so strong.
“Service is about making the community a better, safer place. Those values don’t end today – it’s a beginning,” she said.
Salutatorian Christina Ng, who will attend Tufts, encouraged her classmates to continue moving forward, and Valedictorian Grace C. Wong, who is off to University of Pennsylvania, told her classmates to be ambitious.
“Don’t lose that energy and hope” of knowing what you wanted to be when you grew up, she said. “You were ambitious back then…nothing is ridiculous as long as you’re passionate about it.”
Mayor Thomas Koch, School Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara Isola, City Council President Michael McFarland, and Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro also offered their praise and well wishes to the class.
“Tomorrow make sure you keep working hard, keep believing…and continue to dream,” DeCristofaro said. “We will always be proud of this North Quincy High class.”