PHS Pledge to Graduate
Pepperell freshmen take the pledge to graduate from high school
Posted on 11/25/2013
Pledge to graduateThe Pepperell High School class of 2017 held a special "Hand print Pledge" ceremony on Friday, November 22 making a commitment to graduate in four years. The ceremony was held at 2:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium with special speakers encouraging the class to stick it out until graduation. This is one of many efforts Pepperell and other county high schools are making to improve the graduation rate.

Several community and civic leaders addressed the class of 2017 and gave them tips on traversing the four years of the high school experience. Stephanie Barwick, a 2012 graduate of Pepperell, shared challenges she faced as a young girl and while in high school.  Barwick overcame the death of her father when she was 10 years-old and helped care for her little brother while keeping up with high school classes.  She said, "You have your entire life in front of you and only you can determine the path your life will take."

The freshman students all contributed hand prints to seal their pledge to finish what they have started as high school freshmen. The hand prints were printed on a large banner displayed on the auditorium stage during the ceremony. The large hand print banner will be placed on a wall at the school. The banner is taken down at graduation and will hang behind the graduates as they participate in their graduation ceremony in 2017. 

Photo:  Left to right - Ragan Ware, Kiah Huckaby, Brandy Merriweather, Abbey Hensley

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