CTRA Grads Carry On Their Values

CTRA Grads Urged to Carry Strong Values into Future
Posted on 06/28/2018
CTRA Grads

The Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) Class of 2018 celebrated four years of hard work during a moving Commencement ceremony held in the school’s packed gymnasium on the Goodwin College East Hartford campus.

A total of 91 students earned their much-deserved diplomas during the June 20 graduation. Many of the graduates leave CTRA with a number of transferable college credits, earned concurrently as part of the school’s curriculum. The school is run in partnership by LEARN and the college.

The Class of 2018 had many academic and extracurricular reasons for celebration. Thirty-eight of the graduates were named Goodwin College Scholars. Fifteen students were members of the National Honor Society and seven of the grads completed the Environmental Pathway program that is tied into the magnet school’s theme. The class also demonstrated its community commitment, with 16 students volunteering more than 100 hours of community service during their time at CTRA.

In her remarks to the graduates, Principal Tara Amatrudo reminded the students to remember all the values that have been instilled upon them at CTRA.

“As you continue on in your lives, do not forget the pursuit of justice and sustainability that you started by making the choice to attend Connecticut River Academy,” Amatrudo said. “I hope that our values of awareness, diversity, and action have been built upon at home, in your hearts, and that you will continue to share your gifts and let others respond to you with the same wonderment and awe that I, we, feel for you right now.”

Several students also addressed their classmates. Dahlia Damalie Hylton took the stage to share an African Proverb in her speech.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Dahlia said, connecting this proverb to her experience with the Class of 2018 at CT River Academy. “We have come far together. This is our day. This is our success story. As freshman we were unsure, we struggled, but we made connections. At CTRA, we got the support we needed. We experienced diversity, awareness, and action in many different way. We grew here, we got to know ourselves here. We became family here.”

The ceremony featured music performed by students and staff, including a choral rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. Following tradition, the students’ recessed to “Send Me On My Way,” written by the band Rusted Root. This year, the school added a new wrinkle by having music teacher Jason Bernard perform the song live.

Many of the students will continue to college, with a large number enrolling at Goodwin.

“Make sure others that are out there can reap what you learned here at Connecticut River Academy,” said Mark Scheinberg, Goodwin’s president. “You are our future. This world is going to be yours, not ours and it’s in your hands, that we place all of our futures.”

Story by Gabrielle Coburn

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