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‘Optimism and hope for the future’ guide GHS Class of ’24

“Mix optimism, hope and hard work.”

The words of Dr. Anthony Vladu, superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools, touched the hearts of the more than 300 Gloucester High School seniors preparing to graduate Saturday morning in the school’s 71st commencement exercises ON the GHS athletic field.

The most important advice Vladu had for the graduates was to always have “optimism and hope for the future.”

According to Vladu, the Class of 2024 has earned $1.6 million in scholarships. As for next steps, Vladu said 159 students will attend college, 97 will go straight to the workforce, 18 will attend trade schools and 13 will go into the military.

“Thank you for protecting our freedoms,” he said to those 13.

Vladu told the graduates that attitude and determination are what really matter in life. He also encouraged them to chose to remain optimistic, despite the struggles they will inevitably face in life.

“Thank you, and good luck,” concluded Vladu.

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