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VIDEO: Seniors aim high, set new standard

Commitment, hard work leads students to academic success

Class of 2013 first to spend four years at new Cape High
By Melissa Steele | Jun 06, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape Class of 2013 officers Evan Plivelich, left, Alexa Medd, Emily Baptiste and Sean Grogan lead the seniors in celebrating their being confirmed graduates.

Two hundred ninety-nine Cape Henlopen High School seniors marched onto the football field June 4 for the last time as high school students. Diplomas in hand, they left as graduates.

"You have defined yourself as leaders over the past four years," said Principal Brian Donahue. "You made us all proud."

The Class of 2013 drew distinction as the first graduating class to have spent all four high school years in the new high school.

"Thank you for aiming high and setting a new standard for Cape," said Superintendent Robert Fulton.

Valedictorian Matthew Spicer said he remembers Cape High School was struggling academically when the graduating class entered as freshmen.

"Our class began to turn things around," he said. "Our success can be attributed to two things: Commitment and hard work."

It's a commitment that Class of 2013 Treasurer Sean Grogan kept when he promised Janet Maull-Martin, at the time his principal at Shields Elementary but now assistant principal at the high school, that he would graduate.

On her last day as Shields principal, Grogan said Maull-Martin handed out pennies to all the students in a symbolic gesture of their promise to her that they would graduate from high school.

"Here's my penny, Mrs. Maull-Martin. Thank you for everything," he said before giving her a hug.

Social studies teacher Jeff Evans said the reason teachers teach is to make positive impacts on students lives. Even when students do not like a teacher's decision, Evans said, it is for their own good.

"We take your phone because you're not learning," he said. "When you get to college, they're not going to care if you have a phone or ear buds … We care. Sometimes tough love is the best love. It's better than no love."

As the graduates set out on a new path in life, Evans reminded them to remember who they are.

"Only you know what's on the inside," he said. "Don't let someone label you or define your dreams. You define your own."

The Class of 2013 earned about $2 million in scholarships and will attend a number of different colleges. These include Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Colorado, UCLA, the United States Military Academy, Temple University, James Madison University and University of Delaware.

 

Cape Class of 2013 Commencement
(Video by: Nick Roth)
Pals Kevin Wright, left, and Jordan Duffie prepare to line up for the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Welton Evans blows off some nervous energy awaiting the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class of 2013 officers and their advisors pose for a photograph before the processional. Shown are (l-r) treasurer Sean Grogan, vice president Alexa Medd, advisors Jenn Hagen and Ryan Ellis, secretary Emily Baptiste and president Evan Plivelich. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Chloe Sayers is all smiles as she awaits the lineup. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kadijah Doughty takes a last-minute call before the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Taylor Ayers, left, and Margaret Williamson smile for the camera. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Meghan Liggio, left, helps to prepare Megan Perkinson for the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sasha Libkey helps to adjust Brianna Harding's cap and tassel. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class of 2013 advisors Ryan Ellis, left, and Jenn Hagen lead the graduates onto Legends Stadium field during the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kathy Capozzoli films her daughter Taylor during the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Elijah Fountain and Anna Frederick march onto the turf of Legends Stadium. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Family members cheered for their loved ones as they marched onto the field. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Esther Kung, left, and Alex Kwan march during the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sean Mann, left, and Michael Mapp are just too cool during the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
An emotional Lakisha Morales looks in the stands for her family during the processional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape JROTC color guard marches onto the field to present the colors. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape JROTC color guard presents the colors. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class of 2013 secretary Emily Baptiste leads the stadium in the salute to the flag. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape Principal Brian Donahue welcomes everyone to the Cape Henlopen 2013 Commencement. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape principal Brian Donahue welcomes the graduates to the Cape Henlopen 2013 Commencement. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Bob Fulton addresses the graduates. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape Senior Class President Evan Plivelich speaks to the class of the great accomplishments they have made in their four years at Cape. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The senior choir members sing the classic "Shenandoah." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class of 2013 Salutatorian Amit Nainani speaks of the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 in the classroom, on the sports fields and in the community. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class treasurer Sean Grogan holds up the penny given to him by Assistant Principal Janet Maull-Martin when he left elementary school. She said to return it when he graduated from high school. He returned it to her tonight. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
English teacher LueAnn deCastro introduces Class of 2013 Valedictorian Matt Spicer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
2013 Valedictorian Matt Spicer delivers his address to the graduates. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jeweler Dale Bellinger presents 2013 valedictorian gift of a gold lighthouse to Matt Spicer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Class of 2013 Vice President Alexa Medd introduces guest speaker Jeff Evans. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Speaker Jeff Evans jokes about having a one-card speech. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Speaker Jeff Evans delivers a heartfelt speech to the Class of 2013. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior choir members get emotional when singing "Let It Be Me." (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Assistant Principal Mike Dmiterchik reads the names of the graduates. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sean Mann receives his diploma from Superintendent Bob Fulton. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tony Hazzard receives his diploma from Superintendent Bob Fulton. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Katelyn Gebbia receives her diploma from Cape School Board President Andy Lewis. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Macy Reynolds receives her diploma from superintendent Bob Fulton. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Eliza Riddick does a happy dance. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Advisors Ryan Ellis and Jenn Hagen lead the seniors off the field after diplomas are confirmed. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jessyca Cespedes is all smiles after the recessional. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Duffie family celebrates graduate Jordan after the recessional. Shown are (l-r) cousin Tamara Massey, sister Kayla, father Daryl, Jordan, mother Tynice and cousin Richard Massey. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Matt Hurlock and Rebecca Lusk show off their 2013 glasses at the Cape after party. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Partying hard at the after party are (l-r) Alex Roach, Alex Coverdale, Anastasios Kotanides and Lexie Leskovac. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Shown (l-r) are Paige Hocker, Sarah Westgate and Hadley Fulton taking their turn at the photo booth during the after party. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
After the commencement, people gathered in the sunset to take pictures and share words of congratulations. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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