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Monday, June 2, 2008

Lauralton Hall grads say goodbye to high school

By Susan Misur
Special to the Register
— Donning white robes and holding yellow roses, the 105 members of Lauralton Hall’s graduating class entered the school gymnasium Sunday morning as students and left it as alumnae.
Family, friends and school faculty packed the gym’s bleachers and chairs to watch Lauralton’s class of 2008 graduate in the school’s 102nd commencement ceremony.
Class valedictorian Caroline Raccuia, of Woodbridge, and salutatorian Kate Doyle, of Westport, shared fond memories as they addressed the crowd in their speeches.
“When we take a look at Lauralton and try to decide what defines it, I think we will realize that it’s us—we define Lauralton,” Raccuia said in her valedictory address. She will attend Georgetown University.
Doyle, who will attend Brown University, spoke of writing poetry in French class and singing with classmates in her salutatory remarks.
“We have some pretty great memories among us,” she told her peers. “So let’s go ahead and graduate — because we have some reminiscing to do.”
Student Meredith Elia, of Milford, said while she is sad to graduate, she’s been waiting for this day to come. When Elia departs to Villanova University in the fall, she said she and her parents “will be excited to see me start a new chapter in my life.”
Charlie and Susan Lynch, of New Canaan, attended Sunday’s ceremony to watch daughter Catie graduate.
“One thing we’re learning is it’s opening another door, and she’s very excited, and that makes everybody happy,” Charlie Lynch said as he waited for the ceremony to begin.
Representatives of Lauralton’s class of 1958 were also honored for their 50-year milestone, and the Catherine McAuley Award, given to a student who best embodies a commitment to the mission of Lauralton, was presented to Laura Discenza of Shelton.
Principal Ann Pratson, who handed out diplomas to each of the graduates, and said students exhibited solidarity and generosity in their four years at the school.
“I’m going to miss them terribly,” Pratson said. “They are true Lauralton ladies.”


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