Congratulations to Harborfields High School Class of 2013
By Alison DeMaria
The sun shone brightly upon Harborfields High School’s Class of 2013 as they took part in the 54th annual commencement program on June 22. As parents, family and friends gathered on the football field of the school and the high school band performed “Pomp and Circumstance,” a processional of faculty and soon-to-be graduates emerged from the building that they had called home for the past four years. Upon gathering on the field, students and audience members rose to join in the singing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Alma Mater” performed by the senior members of the high school choir.
Harborfields High School Principal Dr. Rory Manning welcomed guests and graduates before introducing salutatorian Hannah Kaufman, class president Michael Carillo and valedictorian Jacob Wax. These students paved the way for additional speakers, including Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro, social studies teacher Michelle DaSilva-Burke and Dr. Manning.
During his first commencement ceremony in the district, Dr. Manning introduced U.S. veteran Guilford Harris, and asked him to join the class of 2013. Mr. Harris was unable to complete his high school degree at Kings Park High School because he was serving active duty in the Navy during the time of the Vietnam conflict. When the students received their diplomas, the district presented Mr. Harris, a member of the Harborfields community, with an honorary diploma as well.
Dr. Manning and members of the Board of Education met the seniors at the foot of the dais to present them with their diplomas. Honorary diplomas were also presented to outgoing Board of Education members Gary Schoer and Joseph Toles in recognition of their years of dedication and commitment to the students of the district.