BRICK TOWNSHIP — A herd of Mustangs marched onto the football field at Brick Memorial High School one last time Monday evening for the 2017 commencement ceremony.
With boys dressed in green and girls in gold, the class of 2017 said goodbye to their high school — their home away from home for the past four years — and looked toward the future as college students, members of the military and adults on a new journey.
Throughout the ceremony, a thunderstorm loomed and high winds proved a challenge for the speakers, often drowning them out. In an effort to beat the impending rain storm, staff speeches were cut from the program, allowing the students to speak instead.
Before Principal Richard Caldes presented the students with their diplomas, class Valedictorian Eric DeVico, who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall, said his final goodbye to fellow graduates.
“I want you to take a moment and look around at your classmates,” he said. “Congratulate them and yourselves. Our time at the top of the food chain has ended and we are freshmen again. I wish every one of you the best of luck.”
While their speeches were held, several members of staff and administration were present during the graduation, including interim Superintendent Thomas Gialanella, board of education member Victoria Pakala, Athletic Director Ed Sarluca, class advisors Maria Lupo and Lisette Rivera and others there to see their students off.
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