‘Last true kids of ’90s’ bid farewell to Gloucester High School

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jun 06, 2012 - 03:36 PM

Photo: Bethany Allen waves to friends and family at the start of Saturday morning’s Gloucester High School graduation at the College of William and Mary. Some of the other GHS grads on the front row include, from left, Elaina Arsenovic, Catherine Ale and Holli Adams. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Bethany Allen waves to friends and family at the start of Saturday morning’s Gloucester High School graduation at the College of William and Mary. Some of the other GHS grads on the front row include, from left, Elaina Arsenovic, Catherine Ale and Holli Adams. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Photo: Stephen James Sigmon raises his arms in victory after receiving his diploma. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Stephen James Sigmon raises his arms in victory after receiving his diploma. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Parents, family and friends gathered at the College of William and Mary’s Kaplan Arena on Saturday morning to celebrate the graduation of more than 400 of Gloucester’s "last true kids of the ’90s," according to GHS senior class president Christopher Morgan.

"We have the honor to be named the last true kids of the ’90s," he said, "being born in the ’90s and starting kindergarten in 1999. They’ve saved the best for last."

"It seemed like just moments ago we were entering school to learn our golden rules," Morgan said. "But, as time progressed and the merger of Peasley and Page became Gloucester High School, we became one family." Although formed in just a few short years, these bonds will last a lifetime, Morgan said.

Quoting from his classmate and salutatorian Kevin Speray, Morgan said that "Fifty years from now, nobody will remember everything that went on through high school … But what we will never forget are the amazing friends we have made in the past four years … These kids we call friends today will be friends and family for the rest of our lives."

For his part, Speray gave his fellow members of the GHS Class of 2012 some advice for the future. "I like to think that there are road signs throughout life, pointing down the path to happiness and the things we want to do with our lives," he said. "And these signs contain advice and hints on how to work past the times of discontent that result from the inevitable failures we all will experience in the years to come."