From rapper 2Chainz to Beyonce and Conan O’Brien, sprinkled with a little High School Musical in the middle, just about everyone and everything in today’s popular culture was quoted Friday night.
And so goes the impressions that have been made upon the West Morris Central class of 2014, which tossed its collective caps sky high marking the end of its high school careers.
From A to Z, all 350 graduating seniors marched across the football field – as announced by classmates Kylene Cochrane, the class president, and Kaitlin Fleming, the student council president – to collect his or her respective diplomas and embark on further education or a spot in the work force.
Class secretary Taylor Sumereau explained to the audience of well over 1,000 friends and family members that this was both a “terrifying and exciting time,” and going forward, no matter what each of the graduates intends to do, at the very least “be brave.”
Sumereau’s sentiments were echoed by school principal Steve Ryan, who told the class those who do not experience a struggle at some point in their life are actually at a disadvantage, as those struggles and tribulations bring out the best in people.
Nearly four years after entering the halls of West Morris Central High School as freshman, 350 teens now call it their alma mater.