by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNow.com Published 3:51am
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - There was plenty of sunshine Thursday evening as the 199 students in the James Caldwell High School Class of 2014 took to Bonnell Field to receive their diplomas. The ceremony began at 6pm with the combined band and orchestra, under the direction of Nate Lienhard and Andrew Burrows, playing "Pomp and Circumstance" while the seniors marched onto the field.
Charles Lim, president of the class, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance which was followed by the National Anthem played by the music ensemble.
The advisor to the class and Health and Physical Education teacher, Jodi Longo, welcomed everyone and addressed the students.
"You leave behind childhood ways, and step into the shoes of adulthood.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Superintendent
Dr. James Heinegg inspired the students with his address on the value of gratitude and appreciation.
"When you practice gratitude - whether by expressing it verbally to another person, by writing thank-you notes, or by reflecting in a journal about the things for which you’re grateful - you are getting at three core lessons that you have been learning throughout your school career thus far,"
The 2014 Class Salutatorian Sean Clarkin spoke about forging a path into the future and taking the road to success.
"The road ahead of us is not easy. It will be filled with trials and challenges, roadblocks and detours that we can scarcely imagine now," Clarkin advised. "Most of us have not even met a true obstacle yet;
Valedictorian Joseph Salter then presented the students with his optimistic views on finding a direction in life and keeping a positive attitude no matter what life challenges are presented to them.
"Whether you’re staying in town, going off to college, or taking a year off,
Dr. Kevin M. Barnes, the school's principal, was the last to speak to the students before the President of the Board of Education, Mary Davidson, awarded them all with diplomas.
"The rest of our world believes the James Caldwell High School is really something quite special. Rejoice in that." Barnes instructed.
The evening concluded with the combined ensemble performing a rendition of Strauss' "Overture to Die Fledermaus" as the high school graduates threw their caps in the air and congratulated each other.
James Caldwell High School Class of 2014
A group of longtime friends who all went to Wilson Elementary School together
celebrated their graduation with their former principal, Scott Keena.
Front row, from left: Jimmy Stille, Johnny Hunter, Michael Wasik and Nick DeSena
Back row, from left: Ray Iodice, Cooper Milano, Jack Docteroff, Wilson School Principal Scott Keena and Joe Galioto
John Carroll, Jr.
Nicholas Del Duca
Joelle Melissa Furbeck
John Hunter, II
So Yi Lam
Alyssa La Medica
Gino Lo Manto
The James Caldwell Varsity Baseball team senior starting infield:
From left: Valedictorian Joe Salter, Cooper Milano, Dylan Soriente and Jack Docteroff
Edwin Ramos, Jr.
Joseph Valentino, Jr.
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by photographer Theresa Valentino of West Caldwell.
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