2014 Corps Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Palace Theater, Manchester, NH
For more information on the 2015 Corps Graduation Ceremony, revisit this page in May 2015.
MANCHESTER, NH (June 18, 2014) – This spring, City Year New Hampshire graduated 50 corps members who joined in a national effort to keep students in school and on track to succeed. Across the country, 2,700 City Year AmeriCorps members served in 242 high-need public schools. In Manchester, corps members served in 6 public elementary schools as full-time tutors, mentors and role models for students who face the greatest risk of dropping out.
City Year New Hampshire honored these corps members for their year of national service during a graduation ceremony at the historic Palace Theater in downtown Manchester. Assistant Superintendent of the Manchester School District David Ryan served as keynote speaker offering his insights and advice to the graduating corps members. Mayor Ted Gatsas and Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston were also on hand to address the audience and assist in handing out diplomas to the corps members.
The highlight of the program was the Corps Member Address made by second year corps member Joshua Merritt who was awarded with the Comcast Leadership Award by Rebecca Fracassa, Community Investment Director for Comcast's Greater Boston Region. Josh shared reflections from his two years of service commenting that, "City Year is and will always be a part of who I am. To me, City Year is a lifestyle," and offering some final words to his fellow corps members, " You may have struggled at some point this year or you may have struggled all year, but you are here now. You made it, and for that reason alone you have something to be proud of."
The audience also enjoyed a spirited physical training presentation by the entire corps and statements from each corps member on lessons they have learned this year.
A sample of "I Learned" Statements from the 2013-2014 City Year New Hampshire Corps:
"This year, I learned to use every experience as a learning experience." - Amy McCarthy
"This year, I learned that true power is defined by those who are humble, effective, and sincere in their dedication to serving others." - Ally Lynch, Parker-Varney Elementary School
"This year, I learned the importance of perspective and truly seeing the world through a child’s lens." - Andrew Clark
"This year, I learned that there is untapped potential in all of us, which can best be unlocked when we are part of a supportive team and a beloved community." - Blake Benton, Beech Street Elementary School
"This year, I learned that I want to be a teacher!" -Melissa Slanetz, Bakersville Elementary School
"This year, I learned that I am capable of many things." - Eboné Worthey, AmeriCorps VISTA Project Leader