If Milford Central School is a family, as nearly every speaker at Friday night’s graduated attested, then the school said goodbye to 32 siblings.
Tyler Hecox, in the salutatory address, attributed much of his success to his family, saying that, in spite of the cliché, “family is the greatest connection.” Hecox explained how his parents, grandparents and brother shaped his development, each contributing in ways that were difficult to perceive at times, but helpful in retrospect.
Speaking to a tearful audience, Hecox admitted that his biggest regret was not having shown more gratitude to his mother, who “made him her life, loving him so immensely.”
That same theme of gratitude marked the words of Kaley Chase, the valedictorian, who said that the two individuals, the two “teachers” who set the standard for her, were her mother and father. Though Chase joked when she said she was unsure whether having her father, Mike, as a sports coach was either a “blessing or a punishment,” her appreciation was evident.
Chase went on to say that her success derived from many different people as she fulfilled her passion for both athletics and academics.
“My peers were my motivation to compete academically,” she said.
Each speaker remarked how the size of the school lent itself to a special 13 years. The teachers, Chase said, came to know them as people, and the small class sizes helped to foster relationships that she treasures.
“One thing is constant: their love for their jobs,” she said. “Our teachers provided for us.”
Keira Higgins, who gave the senior speech, recalled the funnier moments, like the MCS Pride Day, during which some teachers danced wearing hula skirts and wigs. Higgins said that there was always a unique school culture of having fun.
“We’ll never replace these years,” she said. “It’s better to remember the great moments.”