June 14, 2008

Timberlane Students Learned Life Lessons Through Coffee and Doughnuts

By Meghan Carey, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

Jun. 14--PLAISTOW -- Timberlane Regional High School graduated one big box of Munchkins last night.

The 402 Munchkins in the class of 2008 will certainly be successful since they've already applied the skills they learned at Dunkin' Donuts, class essayist Kelly Desharnais told the crowd. Through choosing iced or regular coffee, the students have demonstrated their ability to make decisions. By getting that iced or regular coffee past Assistant Principal John Leary every morning, they learned to deal with confrontation. And in sharing breakfast with friends, they've learned the importance of companionship.

Plus, the students are like Munchkins -- each one represents a different variety, Desharnais said.

"Remember, even the hole of a doughnut can be made into something great," she said.

To help this year's graduates on their way to that greatness, more than $2.7 million in scholarship money was awarded to the biggest class the school has ever graduated. Eighty-four percent of the class plans to attend four- or two-year colleges, prep schools, vocational schools or enter the military.

As they use the skills they've gained at Timberlane, some students go their separate ways. But Breanne Timura of Danville said she hopes her class knows that doesn't have to be the case. She plans to make an effort.

"We will forever be a family," she said.

The family bond grew stronger over its senior year, starting when they won their first spirit week in the fall. The victory, passing midterm exams and having a successful spring when it came to extracurricular activities were their rites of passage, valedictorian Emily Debaun said.

By passing through all of those, they were able to reach graduation, which she said is not a rite of passage, but a celebration.

The successful spring extracurricular activities aren't over for all the seniors though. The seniors on the girls softball team, like Stephanie Glazier of Sandown, still have one more day together as they compete for the state title this afternoon. It's those teammates she said she will miss the most.

"I've gotten very close with both teams here," Stephanie said. "I'll miss them."


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