The multipurpose room at Easton School was filled with friends and family eager to celebrate the three graduates of Easton’s 2019 class on Saturday.

Graduates Carlee Houle, Josie Razee and Martin Gefre followed in the footsteps of graduates before them, passing out roses to family members and friends in the crowd. Superintendent Pat DeHuff spoke to the graduates about the benefits of stress management, and guest speaker Kaya McLaren explained in her speech to the students that there is not always a linear path to success and that it is OK to “go off script” in life.

During her speech, Valedictorian Carlee Houle quoted Rob Siltanen, words she said were sage for the occasion.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent … they imagine … they heal … they explore … they create … they inspire. … They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?”

Houle said the quote was a perfect fit for her graduating class, and for each graduating class in Easton.

“Each of the small classes at Easton has at least one misfit or rebel,” she said. “The students of Easton were put here to push the human race forward, and surpass any ropes tying them down. The teachers are here to push the human race forward as well. They push the students to work hard for their achievements and put up with us through high school, only to watch us leave. My class has worked hard to get on this stage today. Both academics and athletics were where we set our highest goals and pushed ourselves until we got there.

“So, I’d like to close by sending a message to my class that I hope they won’t let go in one ear and out the other like some of the rules that were reiterated multiple times throughout the days at Easton that still aren’t fond of. And that’s to not be stereotypical. Yes, it’s simple but it’s true. Why be just like everyone else or follow in someone else’s footsteps when you can build your own trail? Be sensational in whatever path you choose to make for yourself because the end result will be what you want for yourself, not a photocopy of someone else’s life.”

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