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These are my remarks for this group of Eighth Graders as they move to become the freshman class of Colchester High School 2012.

Eighth graders, before I give you the final few words, I would like to ask you to do something. Please stand. Turn to face your family and teachers. These are folks who have believed in you and decided that you matter so much they are willing to do whatever it takes to give you roots to be safely grounded to home and wings to let you fly free to find your hearts’ desires. Offer them a moment of gratitude with a round of applause. Thank you. Please be seated.

I have been thinking a lot lately about courage and heroes. Courage is defined as: the ability to do something that frightens one and: strength in the face of pain or grief. A hero is: a person…

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