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by Kaitlin Bradshaw 
Members of the FairfieldGaelic Pipe Band lead the JoelBarlow High School Classof 2012 into the William A.O’Neill Center at WesternConnecticut State Universityon Sunday afternoon for the52nd annual commencementceremony.Gayle Powell, class vicepresident, gave the salutationspeech highlighting the bit-tersweet aspect of graduatingfrom high school.“This is a milestone thatcannot be defined as the begin-ning or the end, because it isboth,” she said.Head of School Dr. ThomasMcMorran encouraged hisstudents to do the best theycan and to not let the economyand lack of jobs get in the wayof their future.“I know it is fashionabletoday to complain about oureconomy and our education-al system. I agree, a joblessrecovery is a lousy thing forthose folks who are out of work and I agree that it isn’tfair that a quarter of all stu-dents who begin high schooldon’t graduate,” he said. “Youwill be joining the one-third of the one-twentieth of the worldthat creates, innovates, dares,faces setbacks with grit, andgenerates most of the world’sincome.”“Our education systemneeds to expand the franchiseof a high school diploma toevery American child. Thosechildren should not have to gohungry, fear for their safety,worry about illness, or facea dead-end future. It’s up toyou and me and others whohave enjoyed the empoweringeducation of Joel Barlow HighSchool to keep this world spin-ning,” said Dr. McMorran.Breaking from the program,Taylor Owen, a member of the graduating class, presentedLes Friedman with a $2,500donation to the Mikey’s WayFoundation on behalf of thegraduating class. The founda-tion was created by MichaelFriedman of Easton, a Barlowstudent who died of cancer just after his 15th birthday.Its goal is to connect childrenwith cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with theirfriends, family and school withtechnology such as laptops.“We want to donate $2,500to show our support and
JOEL BLOW HI SOOL CL OF  DUION
8A Thursday, June 28, 2012
Class of 2012 graduation:
 A bittersweet affair
 See Affair on page 9A 
Austin Alterio wears sunglasses to keepthe sun out of his eyes while waiting towalk into the O’Neill Center at WesternConnecticut State University on Sunday for Barlow’s graduation ceremonies.During the ceremonies, Douglas Streat,class president, clapped for a speaker.Gayle Powell provided the salutation tothe crowd of families and friends.
 photos by 
 Scott Mullin
The Joel Barlow High School Class of 2012 waits patiently for graduation ceremonies to begin at the O’Neill Center.
June 28, 2012 Pilot, Redding, Conn.
by Anne Dolan
Commencement Speaker 
Grilled cheese and tomatosoup. It is by far my favoriteschool lunch. In elementaryand middle school, I wasalways prepared with a fewextra dollars in my backpack just in case the cafeteria unex-pectedly served my favoritemeal. This, of course, wasway back in the day beforeall you had to do was punchin your student ID, but therewas no way I was ever goingto miss out on grilled cheeseday.My middle school self did have one complaintabout this practically perfectcombination: One grilledcheese sandwich was just notenough! The ratio of soupto sandwich wasn’t balanced.After taking three bites of your sandwich, it was practi-cally gone. And then therewould be too much tomatosoup left over and nothing todip into it! But, as distress-ing as this situation was, onegrilled cheese is better thanno grilled cheese, right?So then here I was,September of freshman year,overwhelmed by the numberof options in the cafeteria.We were no longer limitedto just a chicken patty and ahandful of tater tots. Therewere salads, pizza, paninis,and a create your own sand-wich station, too! On anyother day, I might have strug-gled with the choices, but onthis particular day, my eyesscanned across the serveryand focused in at the stationin the far right corner. Theresat a gigantic container of tomato soup and a large trayfull of grilled cheese sand-wiches. The choice was obvi-ous.I waited in line, impatientand excited. And when Ifinally stepped up, I watchedwith amazement as the caf-eteria worker put not one, butTWO grilled cheese sand-wiches on my tray.It was pretty much thegreatest day of my life.I finally felt like a bigkid, like a real high schooler,and all it took was an extratwo slices of bread and apiece of American cheese.Joel Barlow recognized that a9th grader needed a bit moresustenance than a middleschooler. The best part wasI didn’t even have to ask,they just handed me whatI so desired. It was such asmall thing, but four yearslater, I still look back andsmile when I think about thatmoment.It’s cheesy, I know. Buthigh school is cheesy. Andwhen we reflect on ourtime at Barlow, there are somany small, happy, cheesymoments that we don’t nec-essarily appreciate. Whilenot everyone here shares thesame love for grilled cheeseand soup that I do, I believethere is at least one thingabout Barlow that you canlook back and smile at.We can collectivelyremember the relief andaccomplishment we felt aswe handed in our SeniorSynthesis papers to ourrespective English IV teach-ers. We can remember pass-ing time at a rest stop onI-84 because Mr. Huminskileft the Six Flags tickets atschool. And we can remem-ber standing under the tentduring our Senior Banquetwatching torrential down-pour around us.The cast of the SeniorShow can recall the danceparties that took place as soonas the curtains closed. We canremember the camaraderieand pride that Gayle Powellexemplified as she infamous-ly sobbed tears of joy at a latenight dress rehearsal. And wecan remember leaving thosedress rehearsals at 11 o’clockat night, ignoring all of ourhomework, and finally goingto sleep.The crowd at the Whiteoutbasketball game jumped [up]and down in the stands andexperienced genuine schoolspirit. The Powderpuff teamcheered every time someonemade a catch at practice.Katherine Rose AcocellaEmily Elizabeth AgostiBrian John AllanAustin Dennis AlterioErica M. AndersonWilliam Sidney AshtonTaylor Lee AuerMaria Fernanda AvilaVazquezKristine Victoria AzarianRachael Alexis BalinskiLogan Richard BarerJames Philip BarickmanShea Lane BarickmanLibby Louise BarlowJesse Walter BeattyAlexandra Sabina BenderChristopher DavidBiedermannMatthew John BillyAaron Connor BlackwellJohn I. BoardCaroline Elizabeth BoffaChristopher P. BohsungChristopher Michael BootonJulie Lauren BrownChristian Edward BruzinskiJennie Rose BunceJames Russell BurgerPatrick Coyle CallahanDana Amelia CanfieldMichael Fulton Carpenter"John Blaise Cartafalsa, III"Brianna Elizabeth CelliniMegan Marie CevaAlexander Yuan CheuHarrison Grant ChristyMica Alexandra CoccoJeffrey Thomas CohenCaleb Ragnar ConnorZachary Michael CordelliEmma Esther CornellLily Georgia CreightonGina Louise CrocePaige Demetria VernaDamascusChristopher Andrew DarrowJocelyn Blair DaveyRussell Joseph DaveyTeuntje DeenAmelia Anne DeLiseMark Lucian DelVecchioCarol Kathleen DeSalvaMatthew Walter DiPalmaAnne Kathleen DolanLiam Carrington DotsonSiobhan Geraghty DotsonJack Warren DrakeBrittney Ayres DumasJeremy Sherwood EdwardsCaitlyn Elizabeth ElliottAllyson Drury EnglishThomas James EspositoAlexandra Leone EternoRose Florence FenwickAlexis Moderno FernandesJames Michael FlynnKristen Paige FrierCaroline Grace GayAlex Michael GeorgeClaire Michaela GeyerLucy Lee GibaldiSamantha Rose GoldburgKristopher Thomas GontzesAlejandro GordilloNeal Sanjay GosainCaitlin Graaf Jannike Xenia GrayGabriella Noel GrecoUrsula Lochlainn GreenJoseph GreenspanEvan Chase GregaMaggie Mae GrinnellAtika Mansi GuptaKacey Lewis HaleTaylor Catherine HallVance William HancockGage Thompson HerbertIsabella Grace HermantinMiles Kuhrt HogarthCarly Elisabeth HohorstChristine Elizabeth HushionMia Gabrielle WeinsteinJacobsonCharles JohnsonMorgan Donahue JordanDavid Dongmin KangAmy Elizabeth KaplanVeronica Quinn KarpHenry Ace KnightJacqueline Marler KocumMadison Sloane KominskiJonathan Patrick KonkelNicholas Richard KotAlexander Donald KowalskiRobert Joseph Kozloff Ronald Paul KwiatkowskiRiver Rose KynochGabrielle LebowitzDominic Piers Kawe LeeElliot Goodman LeeRuth Ya-yuen LeeMarian Elizabeth LeLashCaroline Beatrice LelloucheEve Victoria LemmaIsaac Martin LernerNina LevisonJake Bryan LightmanMelissa Ann LiikMichael Warren LoderBrittany Anne LofgrenKatherine Marie LombardiAva Leigh LorenzPeter James LozyniakSamantha MacchioJustin Connor MacDougallAdriana MaconochieDevin Patrick MahoneyMichelle Sarah MaireHannah Corinne MakowskeKathryn Patricia MarshallTyler Robert MarxDanielle Suzanne MathewsMichael Jeffrey MattsonAlexandra Amanda MaxwellParis Pomeroy McAdamCavan S. McCaffreyAlexis Lee McCarthyKailley Meagan McGannonPeter F. MeehanSteven Christopher MichosHarris Benjamin MillerJeffrey Douglas MintzSamuel Smith MitchellMegan Alexandra MontanaroAlyssa Katherine MontanoJackson Paul MorrisBrianna Frances MurphySophia Sjaivo NaserJeremy Paul NelleMorgan Lee NetherwoodJohn Robert NeumannAlexandrea Marie NevilleOlivia Mae NickelElizabeth Maura O'BrienMarisa Lynn O'ConnorVictoria Allyn O'HalloranAlexandra F. O'HaraLaura Carolyn OlsavskyNicolas Quentin Ornaf Taylor Graysen OwenZachary Thomas OzyckAnthony Edward PantalenaEthan Marcus PearlstoneJonathan Andrew PelzarGrace Elizabeth PendletonCavan Niall PerrottRachel Elizabeth PeyserDominique Melissa PignoneMichael PilyuginPatryk John PlonskiGayle Caroline PowellAnne Hayes PreisJose Luis QuispeDanielle Alexa RaposoMickinzie Paige ReedSamuel Dylan ReedDavid Philip RejeskiMatthew Coates RiccioSteven Michael RiccioAmy Jean RilingZachary James RizzoAshley Nicole RobertsonKyle Patrick RobeyMargaret Hope RonkAlissa Jean RosaKimberly Clara RyngThomas Shay SamaritanoNoah Martin ArmsterSandersonMatthew Joseph SarnelliJakob R. SchlossRyan A. SchwaeberMaxwell Ryan SchwearJackson Scott SennettAlison Nicole SiegelJane Lee Skalkos BaldygaMaeve Virginia SmithSamantha Nicole SmithShavon Christopher SmithElizabeth Claire SniffenBenjamin Jacob SpilkaThomas Gilbert StarkeyNolan Pillsbury StaufferCory Davies StirlingSavannah Leigh StoneEthan David StrangDouglas Andrew StreatAnna Frances SullivanErin Marie SullivanAustin Paul Sundlof Lucas James TattaNicholas Howard TaylorDuncan Mark Arthur TennantOlivia Jacqueline TompkinsWyatt Reed TompkinsSamuel TorchioEmma Caroline TowerFrank TraggianeseEmily Charlotte UllmanAnna Rebecca ValentineOlivia Deborah VentricelliDanielle Hannah WachsChristina Jean WadeKylie Kristina WallinPeter Thacher WastromTodd Alan Waterman, Jr.Caroline Amy WebelSarah Katherine WeggemanDavid Dodo WeiAllison Violet WendtHeather Anne WexlerEmily Louise WinterHalie Elizabeth Witkins
TE JOEL BLOW CL OF  GDUE
by Henry Knight
Commencement Speaker 
Graduates, classmates,friends. Welcome. As many of you know, I initially intendedto assemble a collage of funfacts to represent the class of 2012. Unfortunately, the brev-ity of this speech precludesme from doing so. The sheervolume of our accoladesabbreviated in the summa-tion of a laundry list wouldsurely bore you, for each of you is distinctly aware of how special our class is, andhow awesome all of you are.Instead, I decided to focus ona few things I find equally asimportant: ducks vs. rabbits,playgrounds, and sombreros.So, to begin, let us delveinto the disparity betweenrabbits, which, as we know,have ears, and ducks, which,conversely, have beaks.A week ago, a packageaddressed from JBudd, mysenior English teacher, sur-faced amidst the clutter of my kitchen table. Via expressmail, he shipped each of thestudents in my class a chil-dren’s book entitled, “Duck!Rabbit!” The New YorkTimes bestseller explores thevisually ambiguous depictionof a neck jutting from the bot-tom of each page, atop whicha puzzling head is perched.A black eye adorns the ovu-lar head, with two distinctextremities emerging fromthe face such that the imagemay be perceived as a rab-bit furling its ears or a ducksnapping the bills of its beak.The debate stems from theparadoxical realization thata rabbit does not quack withits ears, nor does a duck sniff with the back of its head.The authors of this madden-ing work of literature surelyintended to confuse or puz-zle the smallest of children.So did JBudd. To this text,which arrived out of the blueuninvited, he ascribed delib-erate value: “Enjoy Duck!
‘Great “unexpectations’‘A cheesy graduation speech’
Anne Dolan was one of the two commencement speaker.Performing at the graduation ceremonies were Class of 2012 members of Barlow’s SelectChoir.
 See Cheesyon page 10A  See Great on page 10A 
Henry Knight was a commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies.
Pilot, Redding, Conn. June 28, 2012
DiPalma Matthew 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Samantha Goldburg 
Barnard College
 Vance Hancock 
Cornell University 
David Kang 
 Amherst College
Henry Knight
Brown University 
 Jake Lightman
Colgate University 
Hannah Makowske
University of Michigan
Paris McAdam
Boston College
Laura Olsavsky 
Northeastern University 
Kyle Robey 
 Middlebury College
Douglas Streat
Yale University 
Peter ‘Thacher’ Wastrom
 Middlebury College
thanks,” Taylor said.Chris Darrow and JustinMacDougall also madeannouncements to thefriends, family, and fac-ulty members present. Thefirst was that a memorialwill be put in the court-yard at Joel Barlow HighSchool in memory of RobSmuniewski, a member of the Class of 2011 who losthis life in an accident lastyear. Class funds will payfor the memorial to carryon his legacy, they said.Liam Baker was alsoon the mind of the twoboys. Liam passed awayin the eighth grade andwould have been part of the Class of 2012. “He ispresent in our hearts andthoughts today.” A momentof silence was held inmemory of the two boys.Continuing on with theceremony, commencementspeakers Henry Knightand Anne Dolan addressedtheir fellow classmates andthe 2012-13 Select Choirperformed.Dr. Bernard Josefsberg,superintendent of Easton,Redding and Region 9,completed his first year assuperintendent as the Classof 2012 completed theirlast year at Barlow.“On behalf of our teach-ers and parents, I hope thatwe have equipped you tofly high and land well.Most importantly, I hopethat we have equipped youto walk straight and uponsolid ground,” said Dr.Josefsberg. “I wish you agood walk — unspoiled byany thin soles, strait lacesor loose heels you mayexperience along the way.”Dressed in white capsand gowns, the 229 JoelBarlow High Schoolseniors accepted theirdiplomas from CathyGombos, Region 9 Boardof Education chair.Maurizio Viselli and NicoleSherwood, members of theClass of 2013, called outthe names of the seniorsas they walked across thestage.Senior class presidentDouglas Streat closedthe ceremony with part-ing remarks to his classand the Joel Barlow HighSchool Orchestra lead therecessional with
Pomp and Circumstance
Continued from page 8A
BLOW’ TO  SUDEN
The Angell-Breault-StaleyAdvisory left the last meet-ing with balloons, dough-nuts, and Ramen Noodlessupposed to represent ourpast, present, and future.And the field hockey teamsang “Don’t Stop Believin”at the top of our lungs onevery single bus ride home.Let’s be honest, it doesn’t[get] any cheesier thanthat.I could stand up hereand reminisce forever,but my memories are notyours. While as a class wehave a number of commonexperiences, I can’t pos-sibly identify your individ-ual cheesy moment. It mayhave occurred on a playingfield or in a classroom. Itmay have involved a teach-er, a friend, or a stranger.But there is for certain atleast one thing over thepast four years that hasmade your face light up.And if middle schoolwas one grilled cheese andhigh school was two grilledcheeses, now we havethe chance to find a thirdgrilled cheese.Since freshman year,Barlow sustained us withlunches and knowledgeand experiences. But bynow, two grilled cheesesare just not enough! Weare ready for more optionsand greater autonomy. Weare ready to explore newthings and to find new rea-sons to smile.Just... don’t expect themto appear out of nowhere.Take charge. Pinpoint thethings that make you hap-piest, and incorporate theminto your life. Go to the gro-cery store, buy some breadand cheese, and make your-self as many grilled cheesesandwiches as you want.If you’re feeling adventur-ous, add tomatoes or baconor mustard or somethingelse entirely. Enjoy yoursandwich, and enjoy thelife you have ahead of you.Move forward. But occa-sionally, look back on highschool and embrace thecheesiness of it all.
Continued from page 9A
Rabbit!,” he admonished,“and keep it close wheneverthe tendency strikes you toform judgments too quickly.”Vintage JBudd, keeping us onour toes, keeping us guessing,keeping us cognizant. He is byno means the exception to therule, though he does exemplifyit: Our school hoard’s creativeteachers who constantly sur-prise us.This is the gift Joel BarlowHigh School has bestowedupon us, and the gift forwhich we must thank you:The freedom to be unexpect-ed. To be bold. To be brazen.To be audacious. Our teach-ers allowed us to be who weare, to explore who we maybecome, and to discern howexactly we may grow into themen and women we want tobe. The gift to which I referis not merely the informationwe’ve learned, but rather, theway in which we’ve learnedit. It is not mandated by ourcurriculum, nor does it mani-fest in the facts we’ve mem-orized, the equations we’vemanipulated, or the literaturewe’ve analyzed. Instead, thispresent, of which we are therecipients, arose in Mr. Huot’stangents, which were rarely, if ever, mathematically tangen-tial and in Mr. Eller’s, “Heylook! A squirrel!” moments,which never failed to impartwisdom pertinent to life as itshould be lived.So how may we use the giftof the unexpected, embodiedby our teachers, to impact theworld we now inhabit? Believeit or not, it’s possible thatthe wisdom we derive fromthe duck-rabbit conundrum isintegral to our success.Sooner than we anticipate, jobs applications will displacecollege applications, and life’sblunt edge will strike us withthe hefty force of reality. Adegree is now merely a pieceof paper scribed in fancy cal-ligraphy. Fifty-three percentof bachelor’s degree recipi-ents under the age of twenty-five languished without a jobthis year. The world is satu-rated with thousands of gradu-ates exposed to the plight of unemployment, waving theirdegrees in despair and ask-ing the world, “Why me?”But the question any employeror admissions officer will askis, “Why you?” And what adefining question that is! Yes!Why you? Why me? Why us?What can we do to differenti-ate ourselves?“Unexpectation.” Successis increasingly predicatedupon risk, creativity, and inno-vation. If you don’t believeme, consider Google’s hir-ing practices. Managementposes quirky questions to itsinterviewees to elicit inven-tive responses. Past applicantssolved the logistics of fittingan elephant inside of a refrig-erator while others devised azombie apocalypse evacua-tion plan for the city of SanFrancisco. So, Class of 2012,if you were shrunk to the sizeof a nickel and thrown intoa glass blender, how wouldyou get out before the bladesstarted to move? You havesixty seconds. GO. And if youmanage to answer in the nextsixty seconds, Google expectsyou to derive six additionalsolutions to the same problem.The point is, we can’t afford tobe generic if we hope to have ameaningful future. Instead, wemust risk being unexpected.Original. Imaginative.Anne Dolan once imag-ined, “What if the governmentbuilt massive playgrounds foradults to play on? Wouldn’tthat be awesome?” Isn’t thatwhat life should be? A junglegym! The exchange of ideasamong playmates! Rememberthat we build the playgrounditself, and the playful interac-tion which its existence neces-sitates, upon the scaffoldingof unadulterated imagination.Steve Jobs adopted this mind-set when he advised, “Yourwork is going to fill a largepart of your life, and the onlyway to be truly satisfied is todo what you believe is greatwork. And the only way todo great work is to love whatyou do.” YES! What if weall loved what we did? Theremust be more to chase in thisworld than comfort. Maybe, just maybe, if we inform ourwork with insatiable passionand an open mind, our imagi-nations will sneak up on usin mysterious and unexpectedways. And perhaps, if we areunexpected in our pursuit of passion, our passion will beunexpected in its pursuit of us.Calvin and Hobbes epito-mizes “unexpectation.” Thecomic strip’s profound insightsexplore the wisdom of Calvin,a cunning six-year old boy,and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes.One strip I find particularlyapplicable to today. In the firstpanel, Calvin props himself against a tree, his eyes glazedby indifference and his armscrossed with apathy. Hobbesasks, “What are you doing?” towhich Calvin responds, “Beingcool.” Hobbes observes, asonly an animate stuffed ani-mal can, “You look more likeyou’re being bored.” Calvinextrapolates, “The worldbores you when you’re cool.”Hobbes adopts a pensive stare.He takes a leave of momentaryabsence and returns wearinga sombrero. He sidles up toCalvin, points to his sombrero,and exclaims, “Now we canboth be cool!” Calvin rolls hiseyes and replies in indignation,“A sombrero? Are you crazy?Cool people don’t wear som-breros.” Hobbes traipses off in dismay, but leaves us withthis nugget of wisdom: “Whatfun is it being cool if you can’twear a sombrero?” And really,isn’t he right? If we cannotmeld work and play into a funand challenging hybrid of thetwo, then why must we attainan education, a degree, anda job?So in closing, I leave youwith one charge: Find yoursombrero, Class of 2012. Stayhungry. Stay bold. Stay unpre-dictable. Do not settle for sta-bility: Take risks, even theones that may be foolish orembarrassing.A world devoid of som-breros is a world that casu-ally accepts boredom andinevitably adopts indifference.Many years ago, in elementaryschool, I was bored, and I saidso. My mom replied, “No,you’re not! Boredom doesn’texist in this world. Stop whin-ing.” Do not let the parasiteof stagnation infect your life:Stoke your imagination andprod the innovation that slum-bers amidst us all. Be uncon-ventional. Be unexpected. Beyou. The fiesta of our firstreunion awaits us, Class of 2012. Don’t forget your som-brero.
Continued from page 9A
Barlow seniors march into the O’NeillCenter. Once inside, Alexandra Benderreacts to a speaker’s words while VeroniaKarp shakes hands with Cathy Gombos,Region 9 board chair.

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