Wareham High School wishes the Class of 2018 farewell

By Meghan Neely | Jun 08, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely The class of 2018 waits for the ceremony to commence.

Members of the the Wareham High School Class of 2018 flipped their tassels and became graduates Friday night.

The class of more than a 100 students was sent off with a cacophony of airhorns, bells and whistles as they grabbed their diplomas. Many hugs, high fives, secret handshakes and even chest bumps were exchanged between students and their teachers.

"It feels so surreal," said class President Hannah Eddleston after receiving her diploma.

The graduating seniors had received more than $400,000 worth of scholarships the night before, and Spillane Field was an overwhelming sea of Viking pride.

"These seniors hit the ground running as freshmen," said High School Principal Scott Palladino. "They've left our underclassmen with big shoes to fill."

According to Palladino, this year's class has been one of the most academically competitive. In many cases, one-tenth of a percentage point separated students in their rank.

World War II veteran Charles Howard Maxim joined the graduating class, receiving his honorary diploma.

Maxim had been forced to drop out of high school when his father fell ill. He joined the navy to support his mother and nine siblings.

"There are heroes among you," said Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood in her address to the class.

But perhaps it was class salutatorian Jarred Bettencourt who said it best.

"I'm not usually optimistic," Bettencourt said. "But tonight I am. I'm optimistic for all of our futures, and I want to see you all succeed. We made it."

World War II veteran Charles Howard Maxim receives his honorary diploma. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Salutatorian Jarred Bettencourt addresses the graduating class. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Jared Rousseau shakes hands before receiving his diploma. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Jason Ellis is so excited to get his diploma he can't keep his feet on the ground. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Cameron Couto gets a hug and her diploma. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Wareham High School teacher Ashleigh Salerno hugs Gwen Miceli during graduation. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
Jackson Wallace, left, and Salutatorian Jarred Bettencourt celebrate after graduating. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
Class President Hannah Eddleston speaks during the ceremony. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
The Class of 2018 throws caps into the air. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
Lizzie Ruiz and her mother, Wareham Public Schools Administrative Assistant Michelle Ruiz, hug after graduation. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
Class of 2018 Valedictorian Madison Hough will be attending Brown University in the fall. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
Veteran Charlie Maxim receives a diploma during a special ceremony held at graduation. (Photo by: Andrew W. Griffith)
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