Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 21, 2018
Keeping promises and sharing memories at Penobscot Community School
Penobscot Community School graduates six
Eighth graders Kaylin Welts, left, and Tyler Goodman read the class history during the Penobscot Community School graduation on June 14.
by Monique Labbe
Six eighth grade students said goodbye to Penobscot Community School during the graduation ceremony on June 14. The group walked down memory lane, sharing their experiences at the school and thanking the teachers, family members and friends who had a hand in getting them to where they are today.
Former school principal Allen Cole was the guest speaker during the ceremony. Before his speech, he was given a gift that had been promised to him two years ago.
“Hey Sol, I think we forgot a gift,” said graduate Tyler Goodman to fellow classmate Solomon George.
“You’re right, we did,” said George.
To the surprise of everyone in attendance, Goodman proceeded to pull out a pair of scissors, snip off one of George’s dreadlocks, and present it to Cole.
After receiving the gift, Cole explained that then sixth grader George had promised him he would cut off a dreadlock and gift it to him at his eighth grade graduation.
“I didn’t actually think I’d get it,” said Cole.
The six graduates are Solomon George, Kaylin Welts, Aidan Robinson, Wyatt McKechnie, Oryon Atwood and Tyler Goodman.
Art award: Wyatt McKechnie
Chris K 5K essay winner: Solomon George
Secretary of State award: Wyatt McKechnie
American History award (given by the Daughters of the American Revolution): Solomon George
Youth Citizenship award (given by the Daughters of the American Revolution): Kaylin Welts