Indian River High School graduates 45th class in Dagsboro
Dark clouds may have pushed Indian River High School’s graduation indoors, but that couldn’t stop the joy of 230 graduates, along with their families, friends, teachers and administrators, on May 27.
“You really made this school and community proud,” said former principal Mark Steele, attending his first graduation as assistant superintendent of the Indian River School District.
“Love is what drives us and motivates us,” said Salutatorian Logan Robinson, urging grads to continue to be passionate, get involved and evolve as life changes.
“Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase,” Robinson said. “I promise you would not be about to graduate if your teachers, parents and yourself had not believed in you.”
“As old as we feel today, we have great plans,” said Class President Racquel Joseph. “We don’t know what we will truly be.”
As varied as high school experiences are, “We, as a class, will always have a few things in common. We will always be graduates of Indian River … Class of 2014,” she said, thanking the staff, advisors and other students for getting them to that stage.
“You lose this family of 230 in front of you” but gain a larger family of alumni, said Principal Bennett Murray.
About a dozen student musicians sang and performed the senior song, the Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye,” while a number of seniors were honored for earning scholarships and other awards.
Sarah Hickman, Samuel Izzo and Ridge Murray won the IRHS Alumni Association’s $1,000 scholarships. Josh Kleinstuber was also recognized for being third in the class, by mere hundredths of a grade point.
The graduation speaker was a Baltimore-based lawyer with a house in Bethany Beach, Philip Federico, founder and senior partner of the medical malpractice law firm Schochor, Federico & Staton P.A. His own grandfather came to America alone at 15, penniless.
“I can assure you that every generation has its obstacles. It also has its opportunities,” Federico said.
He reminded graduates that “It feels much better to be a giver than a taker.” Meanwhile, he advised, “Take good care of your mind, and it will take care of you.”
As people get older, they get better at decision-making, he said.
“Every morning when you wake up,” he said, “and every night when you put your head on that pillow, you want to respect that person you are.”
Meanwhile, he said, don’t worry about the stigma of stress or anxiety “because the brain is just another organ that needs be taken care of. Life’s not perfect. Please take advantage of the resources out there,” such as a teacher, mentor or counselor. The people around you “will get you where you need to go.”
“It has been a journey, a hunt for the elusive diploma … a map that is directing your way to a better treasure in life,” said Valedictorian Nell Weaver. “Congratulations to the Class of 2014. Good luck finding your treasure.”