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Saugus Centurions graduate

Posted: June 6, 2008 1:31 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Nicolas Aaron King, who plans to go into the movie industry after graduation, talks to his friends and waves at the start of Saugus' graduation.

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More than 500 Saugus High School seniors officially became high school graduates when they received their diplomas during the school's 30th commencement ceremony Thursday evening.

The ceremony, which took place at the College of the Canyons outdoor stadium and brought hundreds of families, friends and school officials to join in the class of 2008's celebration, also honored Richard Obar, a Saugus High School assistant principal, who dedicated 37 years to the teaching profession.

Once the 560 Centurions, decked in their navy blue or off-white caps and gowns took their seats, Principal Bill Bolde delivered an inspirational message about the years ahead of them and the importance of assuming responsibility as they grow older.

"I challenge you to raise the bar and set high standards in your life," he told the students.

As the day turned into evening - and a handful of beach balls bounced across the pool of graduates - the attention shifted to the two senior class speakers and senior vocalist.

Asking questions like, "Are you ready for it?" "Are you ready to pursue your dreams?" "Are you ready for what's ahead?" Darah Thompson reflected on her years at Saugus, while looking ahead to the future. "This is the day we've been waiting for," she said, adding, "This is the day our future begins."

Instead of giving a speech, Tamara Wurst, senior class vocalist, expressed her emotions through song when she performed, "Whenever You Remember."

The song served as a source of inspiration for the Centurions as they stood up, swayed and waved their hands to the music.

Miles Belt gave his perspective as "an average student" who never received straight As in school.

He broke down the common sentiments felt by his classmates during their four years.

As they adjusted to the high school environment during the first two years, Belt pointed out that in 11th and 12th grade, the students began to feel that "school was not a joke and reality was coming fast."

However, with all the ups and downs, Belt noted that the members of the class of 2008 were able to overcome their obstacles.

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