Wellesley High School’s Class of 2016 — and the teachers, administrators, friends and family that helped them get to graduation day — were rewarded with a comfortable and eventually sunny night at Hunnewell Field on Friday for commencement exercises. A mix of singers, musicians, speakers and hundreds of names kept things moving along for this graduating class that holds the distinction of being the first to spend all four years of their high school experience at the “new” building.
Class President and Valedictorian Teddy Sevilla, who gave a great speech (see transcript here) about the fallibility of authority, including one strict camp counselor from his past, and even took a fun poke at English teacher David McCullough of “You’re Not Special” 2012 commencement speech fame. Sevilla and classmate Nicole Frontero were voted by classmates as Senior Cup winners for all-around super-ness.
Students voted science teacher Louisa Morrison as Teacher of the Year, and math teacher Craig Brown delivered the faculty speech, during which he encouraged students to embrace challenges… like delivering a faculty speech. School superintendent David Lussier cracked a Chuck Norris joke and Principal Jamie Chisum let Shakespeare do some of the talking. Grads Lizzie Mears and Matt Snyder were MVPs for splitting duties as graduate name readers.