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June 7, 2014

Sun sets on high school careers

College, travel ahead, but they'll always call Amesbury home

AMESBURY — The Amesbury High School Class of 2014 was urged to embrace the change in their lives at Landry Stadium last night as the sun set beautifully, both on the day and on their high school careers.

“We’ve all laughed and dreamed and grown in the same hallways, hallways that have become a second home,” Valedictorian Alexandria Debasitis said. “We all share Amesbury now, a place that will always be a part of our past, that will be here for support if we need it, or just a place to remember our childhoods.”

Preparing to embark upon pre-med studies at Boston College in the fall, Debasitis told her fellow 143 graduating seniors — some of whom will be going on to attend college at Penn State, Holy Cross, Syracuse and Clemson — that they will always share an important time and place in their lives.

“We as a class share more than just the schools and town we are in,’’ she said. “We share passion, grit and great success with our forceful sports and math teams. We share cutthroat Thanksgiving football games .... We share a vibrant music and arts community that we have individually been helped by and, in turn, we have helped save as well.”

Graduating senior Mac Short, who was the quarterback for the Indians football team this past season, will attend Salem State University in the fall to study business marketing and has no illusions about what he is leaving behind.

“It just surreal,” he said. “To be with some of these kids for 16 years and to think that today we are finishing school with the same people we were starting with, it’s unbelievable. This will be something that I’ll miss. One thing we all have in common is our competitiveness as a whole. We are all just like one big family this senior class and we all work together to strive for greatness.”

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