Hoboken High School Graduation

6/24/2009 Update:

Hoboken mom Irene recaps yesterdays High School graduation!

Congratulations class of 2009!

hoboken-high-school-graduation-2009-1“Here are some pictures from last night’s HHS Graduation. I have attended the past few years, after my niece graduated and now my boys are in the band. It is always wonderful and always inspiring. The kids are soooooo excited! Remember what it was like to be 17-18? You made it through high school and have your whole life ahead of you?! So I wanted to pass these pictures along.

I wasn’t taking notes but I did grab a program.

There were about 150 Graduates from HHS and Demarest.

The Valedictorian was Stephanie Vallejo who will be attending Rutgers University

The Salutatorian was Steven Barrett who will attend Stevens Institute on full scholarship

The Senior Class chose their own keynote speaker, HHS teacher Rachel Grygiel. (She has been mentioned before on 411). She is a wonderful teacher. Dr Cella mentioned that one of the reasons the students choose Ms. Grygiel was because she not only sparked them academically but she pushed them really really hard. She has an ability to truly inspire the students.

The program shows that some of the graduates were entering the Services or into an awaiting job. However the vast majority were going on to college….. including: Stevens, Rutgers, Dartmouth, NJIT, FDU, School of Visual Arts, Richard Stockton, Montclair State, NJCU, HCCC, St Peters, College of New Jersey, NYIT, Texas A&M, Seton Hall and FIT.

Good Luck and Congrats to the Class of 2009!!!!

Irene”

(additional photo below from Rob)
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6/21/2009:

Congratulations to the graduating classes!

In case you were wondering, both the Hoboken High School and Demarest High School graduations are this Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00pm (at JFK Stadium).

The Frank Raia Civic Association was kind enough to print signs posted throughout town, congratulating the class of 2009.

I wonder if the sign-ripper-downer has a problem with these too?

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27 Comments on "Hoboken High School Graduation"

RYBice
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RYBice

emarche: You seem more concerned with maintaining your own sense of smug superiority than giving credit to these kids for anything. Why would you assume they don’t realize this is only one step toward productive citizenship? Why, because they don’t fit the “homeless girl goes to Harvard” model, do you feel they are not worthy? There are times you make insightful–even generous– comments. But on this issue you are curiously intransigent.

Stabone130
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Its pretty sad when graduation from high school is going to be the biggest day of your life.

realstuff
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realstuff

Colin No. 13 – Officials showing up acknowledges the congrats for the students successful efforts. The comparison with Mayor Roberts is not pertinent. I also suggest that you not worry so much but be concerned to help with progressive civic action in the affairs of government. As for post No. 3, it has no merit.

matt_72
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And if officials who work full time for the city show up, then I get it b/c it is part of their “job responsibilities”. But the city council & BOE members all have other responsibilities even if it is only as a housewife, so they may or may not have the time. It isn’t as if the city is paying them to work during the day so they can go on the city’s time to a city/BOE sponsored event.

In response to realstuff who said:
Colin No. 13 – Officials showing up acknowledges the congrats for the students successful efforts. The comparison with Mayor Roberts is not pertinent. I also suggest that you not worry so much but be concerned to help with progressive civic action in the affairs of government. As for post No. 3, it has no merit.

emarche
Member

The description fits perfectly, as evidenced by your assertion that ‘they do amazingly well’. No, they don’t. They graduate high school and although they should be congratulated, they should also understand that this is merely one of many steps that need to be taken in order to become a responsible, productive member of society. It is not an amazing feat, nor are they ‘doing amazingly well’.

This is an example of doing amazingly well:

gnn.com/article/homeless-student-heads-to-harvard/539624?icid=main|main|dl2|link3|http://www.gnn.com/article/homeless-student-heads-to-harvard/539624

RYBice
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RYBice

emarche: I didn’t say they were all good kids, I said their behavior in school is generally not problematic. If you had dug back another month or two, you would have found another HS senior arrested on a similar charge. Still no reason to trash the entire student body. As for being naive, the description doesn’t fit. I had spent many years in public education, including serving as principal of an alternative school, then called a school for “emotionally disturbed and socially maladjusted.” MY point is that, considering what little family support (and apparently public support if one were to judge 411 comments)and the disrupted and politicized school system, they do amazingly well.

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