WILTON, Conn. A large crowd cheered 316 graduates of Wilton High Schools Class of 2012 at Saturday evenings ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The highlight of the event was the naming of three valedictorians, who represent superlative academic achievement. It was also announced the class has 35 National Merit Scholars.
Class president Simon Brewer was a valedictorian, along with Cathryn Duemmler and Mariel Wallace. They each spoke briefly about their high school experience before giving way to English teacher Matthew Kobin, who urged students to think more critically, affirm authentic values, listen closely and talk back clearly in his graduation speech.
School principal Robert ODonnell lauded the students as one of the greatest graduating classes the school and community will ever witness. He praised their community service programs to increase cancer awareness and protect the environment.
Dr. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, relayed the lessons of life Wilton students have experienced, from trying new things that bring endless rewards to taking small steps to realize big dreams.
Music was also a highlight of the event, with 360 members of Wilton High's band, choir and orchestra performing "Pomp and Circumstance," "When You Believe" and the Wilton High School Alma Mater.
The valedictorians will be attending Yale (Brewer), Connecticut College (Duemmler) and Dartmouth (Wallace) and 90 percent of the graduating class will attend college.
After this evening, Ill no longer refer to you as students of this school, but citizens of the world, ODonnell said, before the diplomas were handed out to the class.