Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 7, 2019 Hats off to the Class of 2019 A STANDING OVATION FOR HONORARY CLASSMATE: The 161 Saugus High School seniors who received their diplomas last Friday night were on their feet, clapping loudly for Peter Decareau, who finally received an honorary High School diploma 77 years after quitting Saugus High School to join the Navy to serve his country during World War II. SAME BIRTH YEAR: Peter Decareau, 95, and the Boston Bruins share the same birth year: 1924. So the Bruins sent the U.S. Navy veteran this BruinsT-shirt and a letter congratulating him for recently earning an honorary High School diploma, for his service in World War II and for being a good Bruins fan. ‘’REMEMBER ME”: The Saugus High School Chorus performs a selection arranged by Emerson, conducted by Stephen Black and with Dirk Hillyer on the guitar. CLASS PRESIDENT MAKES A POINT: Class of 2019 President Seven Greer gets a laugh from Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem during his address. THE PRESENTATION: Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem reaches over to give Peter Decareau the diploma he would have received in 1943 had he not quit school 77 years ago to join the U.S. Navy and serve during four years in World War II. At the far left is Class of 2019 President Seven Greer, joining in the applause. MEN BEHIND THE SCENES: The Saugus Public Schools custodians who spent hours before and after last Friday night’s Saugus High Graduation Ceremonies at Stackpole Field: From left to right are Carlos Gonzalez, Bernardo Garcia and Bob Melanson. For Melanson, it was the 25th time during his 32 years as a custodian that he has worked the graduation shift. Gonzalez said he has worked all 21 graduations that he was eligible to work. CLASS MARSHALS: Allison LeBlanc and Kelly Gray (left to right) earned the honor of being Marshals in last Friday’s commencement exercises. Kelly had a 4.71 cumulative grade point average – third-best in the class. Allison had a 4.64 cumulative grade point average, the fourth-highest among this year’s graduates. TOP STUDENT WITH HER PARENTS: Valedictorian Raisha Rahman is flanked by her parents after last Friday’s graduation ceremony. Her 4.82 cumulative grade point average was the best in the Class of 2019. Peter Decareau with family members and State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus), rear center, before last Friday night’s Saugus High School commencement exercises at Stackpole Field.

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