Wareham High School graduation celebrates Class of 2017

Classmates honor Trey Miranda, who passed away last year
By Lydia Goerner | Jun 09, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Jessica Savageau prepares to receive her high school diploma.

The Wareham High School Class of 2017 changed their tassels, tossed their caps, snatched their diplomas and were announced official graduates Friday night.

Of the graduating class, 85 percent plan to further their education, 10 percent plan to join the workforce, 2 percent will join the military and 3 percent are undecided, according to Principal Scott Palladino. The class was comprised of 114 graduates.

In a special presentation, four students presented Trey Miranda’s mother with his high school diploma. Miranda died from brain cancer in June 2016 at age 17.

The students who presented the diploma remembered Miranda’s comedic side and his love of football and basketball.

In her speech, Salutatorian Sara Tyma also recalled Miranda’s impact on the class of 2017.

“Trey’s legacy and impact will be in the hearts of those who knew him forever,” Tyma said. She said Miranda’s illness brought the community together.

Palladino said he believed Miranda was “looking down on us” during the ceremony.

“He’s probably telling me to, ‘Hurry up Palls,’” Palladino said. “‘I want to see my friends get their diplomas.’”

The Class of 2017 accomplished many things throughout high school, Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood said. They began a diversity club, mentored underclassmen, hosted Chinese exchange students and held fundraising events for those in need.

"You have become remarkable men and women as a result of the choices you have made along your path," Shaver-Hood said.

Valedictorian Brett McSherry also addressed the graduates, telling them they must be willing to acknowledge what they do not know and not be afraid to ask dumb questions. Ignorance can lead to advancement, McSherry pointed out, as it can drive people to change and new discoveries.

“What we do not know is vast,” McSherry said. “It dwarfs everything that we do know.”

Sonia Strawn gives a welcome and leads a salute to the flag. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Students remember their classmate, Trey Miranda, who passed away from brain cancer last year. Miranda's mother was presented with his diploma Friday night. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Salutatorian Sara Tyma admonishes her peers to thank those who helped them achieve their goals. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Valedictorian Brett McSherry performs a secret handshake before accepting her diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Kali Fernandes walks forward to accept her diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Mitchell Franklin poses with a teacher and his diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Austin Allen shows off his decorated graduation cap as he receives his diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Nathaniel Lunetta thanks a teacher as he is awarded his diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Abigail Pagan-Buil walks to receive her diploma to a standing ovation from her fellow graduates. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Members of the class of 2017 change their tassels, signifying their official high school completion. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The graduates exit the field after the ceremony. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Students throw their graduation caps in the air in celebration. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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