TYNGSBORO -- When members of the Class of 2014 attended the Winslow School 12 years ago, some wanted to be pop star Britney Spears, while others dreamed to be a member of the boy-band N Sync, according to a time capsule that was recently recovered.
"I think things have changed," Tyngsboro High School Principal Michael Woodlock told the 117 graduates Friday night.
"I'm guessing your goals have changed, but some of you still don't have a clue," he added at the high school's 46th commencement. "Even in my three graduation ceremonies, I never thought I'd be a principal of a high school, but I'm thankful I took that first step, a step in the right direction."
At the high school's gymnasium on Friday, Woodlock emphasized that their diploma is now a key to unlock doors to the future, urging them to take the first step through those doors.
"This is the beginning of a new day," he told the graduates. "You can waste it or use it for good. Take the first step tonight."
Superintendent of Schools Donald Ciampa stressed collaboration and unity during his speech, saying the phrase "together we all succeed" reminds him of the graduating class.
"You've always, always represented the very best of Tyngsboro Public Schools," Ciampa said. "You've flourished and made us all proud... You get it, you got it, you're good to go. Godspeed."
Valedictorian Sarah Morris told the graduates that they all have the power to make a difference.
"Because we're braver than we believe, stronger than we seem, and smarter than we think," Morris said.
The Class of 2014 also included John "Jack" Trottier, the former star quarterback who was seriously injured in a snowboarding accident in 2013, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Trottier plans on heading to UMass Lowell in the fall, according to the graduation booklet.
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