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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 21, 2012
Achievement is notable for Class of 2012 at Blue Hill Consolidated School

The twenty-one members of Blue Hill Consolidated School eighth grade class

The twenty-one members of Blue Hill Consolidated School eighth grade class pose in their classroom moments before graduation on Wednesday, June 13. Left to right front row: Chandra Mackenzie-Varrato, Callahan Eaton, Noah Davis, Katrina Walls, Madison Dodge and Allyson Snow; middle row: Erin Niehoff, Elijah Woodye-Maillay, Tyler Chapman, Joseph Leger, Abigail Jakub, Isabella Connolly and Emily Eisenhauer; back row: Raine Smith, Schuyler Williamson, Beowulf Urban, Matthew Stephens, Jacob Bowden, Richard Acampora, Jr., Mackenzie Booker and Brier-Rose Werner.

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by Bette Britt

Blue Hill Consolidated School held its graduation on Wednesday, June 13, and the gymnasium echoed with music and memories in the making. For the imaginative in the audience, it would have been a wonderful audio-visual experience; for parents, teachers and friends of each graduate, it was an evening to celebrate the going-out of a close knit group of young people inching toward maturity.

The fact that most sedate marchers-in departed after the ceremony in speedy disarray showed their enthusiasm about a future that includes high school, where their talents and achievements, started at BHCS, can be enhanced,

In addition to the vocals and band music, extensive and unique decorations, words from classmates and the concluding slideshow featuring both childhood photos and ones taken during the 2011-12 school year, the students in the Class of 2012 heard Principal Della Martin acknowledge them for being “talented and disciplined” and term them as “role models for the school.” As if to verify Martin’s kind words, the near-graduates offered a narrated, photographic, guided tour of their class trip to Boston enhanced by music from the eighth-grade combo.

Eighth graders delivered carnations to special people in their lives, then awards and diplomas were handed out at conclusion of the graduation ceremony.

Members of the Blue Hill Consolidated School Class of 2012 were: Richard Anthony Acampora, Jr., Makenzie Fitzatrick Booker, Jacob Todd Bowden, Tyler Matthew Chapman, Isabella Rose Connolly, Noah Andrew Giles Davis, Madison Jane Dodge, Grace Eaton, Emily Payton Eisenhauer, Abigail Esther Jakub, Joseph Bradley Leger, Chandra Jazmine Mackenzie-Varrato, Erin Elizabeth Niehoff, RaineLynn Smith, Allyson Rosemary Snow, Matthew Joel Stephens, Beowulf Thunder Urban, Katrina Georgianna Walls, Brier-Rose Else Werner, Schuyler Anne Williamson and Elijah Woodye-Millay.

Traditional presentation of carnation

Traditional presentation of carnation by soon-to-be graduate Reine Smith prompts tearful response from grandmother.

Photo by Bette Britt
The twenty-one members of Blue Hill Consolidated School eighth grade class

The twenty-one members of Blue Hill Consolidated School eighth grade class pose in their classroom moments before graduation on Wednesday, June 13. Left to right front row: Chandra Mackenzie-Varrato, Callahan Eaton, Noah Davis, Katrina Walls, Madison Dodge and Allyson Snow; middle row: Erin Niehoff, Elijah Woodye-Maillay, Tyler Chapman, Joseph Leger, Abigail Jakub, Isabella Connolly and Emily Eisenhauer; back row: Raine Smith, Schuyler Williamson, Beowulf Urban, Matthew Stephens, Jacob Bowden, Richard Acampora, Jr., Mackenzie Booker and Brier-Rose Werner.

Photo by Bette Britt
Onward and upward at BHCS

Beowulf Urban and Schuyler Williamson walk under an archway toward becoming graduates of Blue Hill Consolidated School during a ceremony on June 13. In addition to BHCS, four other area elementary schools held graduation ceremonies this past week. See inside, pages 6-10 for more BHCS, as well as reporting from Bay School, Brooklin School, Sedgwick Elementary School and Surry Elementary School.

Photo by Bette Britt