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Gloucester High School grads greet the future with encouragement of school, peers

“We need you.”

The words of Dr. Walter Clemons, division superintendent, reached the ears of the nearly 400 Gloucester High School seniors who were preparing to graduate Saturday morning and move on to wherever life would take them next.

“We need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things,” continued Clemons, letting the graduates know that new leadership is also needed. “You’re going to make us all proud.”

Students who presented speeches at the commencement ceremony on the GHS football field echoed this sentiment, rallying their classmates to go and do something with their lives after high school.

“These past four years have been far from easy,” said Duke of the Year Jaidyn Forrest. “Between the typical problems of teenage life, the perils of a global pandemic and the personal adversities that we have all faced, our high school experience has been anything but ordinary. Yet, each and every one of you sitting before me today has turned these trials into triumphs...

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