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Abbott Tech Toasts The Class Of 2016 At Graduation

A happy graduate at the Abbott Tech High School commencement exercises Monday evening at WestConn in Danbury.
A happy graduate at the Abbott Tech High School commencement exercises Monday evening at WestConn in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students enter the O'Neill Center for the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Students enter the O'Neill Center for the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation two by two.
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation two by two. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of graduates pay close attention to the speakers at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
A group of graduates pay close attention to the speakers at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A happy graduate shakes hands with Mayor Mark Boughton at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
A happy graduate shakes hands with Mayor Mark Boughton at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Madeleine Diamond and Brittany Taylor welcome the crowd at the Abbott Tech High School graduation with a song.
Madeleine Diamond and Brittany Taylor welcome the crowd at the Abbott Tech High School graduation with a song. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Another happy graduate at Abbott Tech High School's commencement.
Another happy graduate at Abbott Tech High School's commencement. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Students enter the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A student speaker at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
A student speaker at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A happy group of Abbott Tech High School seniors.
A happy group of Abbott Tech High School seniors. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Students receive their diplomas at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Students receive their diplomas at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton speaks at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton speaks at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Another happy Abbott Tech High School graduate.
Another happy Abbott Tech High School graduate. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Abbott Tech High School makes its mark at the O'Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University.
Abbott Tech High School makes its mark at the O'Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Principal Stacy Butkus speaks at at the Abbott Tech High School graduation.
Principal Stacy Butkus speaks at at the Abbott Tech High School graduation. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of happy graduates at the Abbott Tech High School commencement.
A group of happy graduates at the Abbott Tech High School commencement. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of happy graduates at the Abbott Tech High School commencement.
A group of happy graduates at the Abbott Tech High School commencement. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. — A total of 144 students from Henry Abbott Technical High School marched into WCSU’s O’Neill Center in blue cap and gowns, taking their final steps toward graduation.

They were welcomed with a vocal performance by Madeleine Diamond and Brittany Taylor. Salutatorian Allyson Castellano then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Christian Arbour, Class Treaurer, was the master of ceremonies.

Principal Stacy Butkus greeted the crowd. “We are proud of the accomplishments and opportunities of these graduates,” Butkus said, telling the Class of 2016, “never forget those who helped you along the way. Your success is impeccable.”

Class President Jessica Butkus wished her classmates "all the best of luck in what you do." And Valedictorian Marissa Shamansky spoke.

“The one thing that I will miss the most is walking into this school. Always remember to take advantage of every opportunity and that out of bad things, good things happen,” Butkus told her classmates.

Mayor Mark Boughton told a story about a young man the same age as the graduating seniors. The man was in the military and had earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. Boughton, surprised by how much the man had accomplished at age 18, said the students should strive to accomplish as much as they can.

“I want you to think of this as your city, your state, and your country. This is the greatest place on earth,” Boughton said to cheers.

The presentation of the diplomas was given by Butkus, Assistant Principals Kevin Durkin and Ted Oczkowski, and Senior Class Advisers Katie Foley and Kristen Sura.

After the diplomas were given out, the graduates turned their tassels from right to left. They did not throw their caps, but instead turned to exit for their recessional.

Abbott Tech, a state-run technical high school, enrolls students from Bethel, Bethlehem, Woodbury, Bridgewater, Broofield, Danbury, Easton, New Milford, New Preston, Redding, Kent, Washington, Middlebury, Monroe, New Fairfield, Newtown, Oxford, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Weston, and Wilton.

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