The Class of 2016 took its final walk Saturday afternoon, June 11, putting a wrap on more than a decade of memories at Antilles with an emotional ceremony at the Mark C. Marin Center.
With touches of humor, each of three student speakers paid tribute to the classes’ experiences as a group — spanning from kindergarten all the way to senior year — and took the time to also leave some words of wisdom for the year ahead. Each of the 35 graduates are making their way to colleges and universities across the world, and will, as speakers said, work on pursuing and developing their individual passions. The students reminded one another, however, of the importance of staying close as a group and using their Antilles foundation and the friendships they’ve developed as an anchor in the years ahead, as they all move away from home.
Senior Class President Avi Nagpal set the tone Saturday by expressing affection for the class, and everyone that has helped them on their high school journey.
“To my class, the mighty Class of 2016, remember the opportunity to achieve greatness is within our grasp, and if anybody can do it, it is us. Thank you guys for being a part of my life all these years, and trusting me to deliver for you guys, as president of the class. I know I have said this a lot tonight, but I love you guys, and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in the future.”
In her speech, Valedictorian Amanda Engeman also reflected on the class’ journey, and how each student helped to write the pages of a book that is now opening up onto a new chapter.
“The reason I tell all of these anecdotes is to remind us all that we have a mutual story, one we have written both individually and collectively for the past 18 years,” Engeman said. “Please remember this. I hear so many of my friends who are about to graduate college say things like ‘time for the real world.’ I was thinking about this idea a lot leading up to tonight, because I think we all have similar thoughts now, as we prepare to leave high school. Perhaps we think that we need to go to college and create a whole new identity however, I don’t think this is the case. We have already been steadily building our identity, growing and learning, writing our stories. We can flip the page. Generate a blank one. It also means we cannot forget about our book of real experiences behind us and the reason we are on this stage today.”
Salutatorian Paige Clarke echoed these sentiments in her speech, as she spoke about the love between each classmate.
“During our senior year, we came together as a class. Although the stress of college applications was overwhelming, we realized that we needed to cherish our time together. Of course, senioritis symptoms set in, but we were able to push through them,” Salutatorian Paige Clark said. “This past year, we created some of our best memories together. Now, we are learning of the double-faceted nature of new beginnings...although they hold so many possibilities, starting over is daunting.
"During our time together, we have made new friendships and slowly drifted away from others; we have felt the crippling pressure of schoolwork and we have embraced the feelings of success, but we have faced the trials of high school together. Maya Angelou said, ‘You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.’ Although everything may not have gone as planned, we have made unbreakable bonds and have survived high school together,” Clarke said.
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