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The Castle Rock High School Class of 2019 left its mark on the school and its staff, and now students are ready to take the next steps of their journey.

“Although we will all take different paths in our lives, we all remain energetic and positive,” said senior Victoria DelSasso. Her classmate Jenna LaFontaine said graduation isn’t the end, but “the start of something new.”

Principal Ryan Greene commended the students for how they’ve grown over their four years of high school — and encouraged him to do the same.

“In essence, we both entered the high school together,” said Greene, who started as principal in 2015. “During those years, we have grown (wiser) together.”

James Tessmer, Castle Rock Middle School teacher and keynote speaker reminded students that the “real world” is challenging and full of struggles and strife, but it’s worth it in the end.

In an emotional speech, he said he almost stopped teaching after getting turned down for several full-time jobs. “This class showed me the struggle was worth it” five years ago when he was hired in Castle Rock. They were his first group of students.

Valedictorian Sydney Brown said she “can guarantee these kids are capable of so many great things, and I can’t wait to see what we all accomplish.”

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