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Shanaya Duprey held two bouquets as her mother, Danielle, beamed with pride at North Canaan Elementary’s graduation on Wednesday, June 15. Photo by John Coston

North Canaan students move on

NORTH CANAAN — The skies threatened with dark clouds in the minutes before the North Canaan Elementary School eighth graders began their procession to a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 15.

But at 6:59 p.m. the sun broke through as the nearly 300 in attendance stood to watch the 27 graduates of the Class of 2022 march along a path in front of their friends and families with “Pomp and Circumstance” filling the evening air.

Alicia Roy, principal, told the graduates: “What you can now do is remarkable. What you can do in the future is even more incredible.

“You are ready for the next four years of your life,” Roy said, after thanking the families who have supported the students from kindergarten on.

Awards and scholarships were presented, followed by the awarding of diplomas. Lisa Carter, Region One superintendent, congratulated each student as they received their diploma.

The class sang a song, “Best Days of My Life,” and read a poem, “It Couldn’t Be Done.”

Shanaya Duprey, a graduate, who received an award for exceptional achievement in science, also delivered a powerful farewell to everyone, saluting the teachers and parents and concluding: “We leave this building with confidence and pride.”

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