Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, JUnE 7, 2024 153rd Commencement Exercises Saugus High School Class of 2024 L ast Friday’s (May 31) graduation ceremonies at Christie Serino Jr. Memorial Stadium culminated a week of celebration for the Saugus High School Class of 2024 and marked the final time together for the 178 seniors who received diplomas. It was one of the best spring weather days to grace a graduating class in recent memory. What made this class special? It was a year when the female students dominated the class in academic achievement. All five student speakers were female – including the top four academically ranked students in the class. There were a few firsts – the first Saugus High School Class to spend all four years in the new Saugus Middle-High School Complex. Sarah Dorielan, believed to be the first African American female valedictorian at Saugus High School, credited her parents as being instrumental in her achieving that academic excellence. It was also the last class to have Saugus Public Schools Superintendent Michael Hashem as the High School Principal. A few of this year’s graduates had Hashem as a superintendent, principal and math teacher during their High School career. The graduation was truly a night of celebration for Hashem, who got to award a diploma to his daughter Rachel, marking the second time in three years that he had a daughter graduating with honors. Elias Diaz delighted the crowd by performing a cartwheel on the awards stage after receiving his diploma – just like he did last week during Scholarship and Academic/Service Awards Night. Class Salutatorian Gabriella Huber Juniors Ashley Moss Rendez and Hannah Duong prepare to lead the procession as this year’s graduation color guards. National Honor Society members Saugus High School Chorus and conductor Evan Smith SHS Principal Brendon Sullivan (center) flanked by Class President Jessica Bremberg (left) and Class Vice President Madilyn Femino (Saugus Advocate photos by Mark E. Vogler) School Committee Chair Vincent Serino addresses the graduates. A Mortar Board brigade of artwork on display Erika Budkowsky celebrated her 39th birthday in style last Friday by getting to kiss one of the graduates: her daughter Nicolly. Saugus High School Band and band conductor Justin Jones The state Legislative delegation and Saugus Board of Selectmen wait for the ceremonies to begin.

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