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GHS Grads Look to Take on Future

The Greenwich High School senior class of 2010 turned their tassels toward a bright future Tuesday. Family, friends, distinguished guests and members of the Greenwich community celebrated the 690 graduates on a perfect summer night.

Valedictorian William Newberry asked his fellow graduates, "What has made you get up in the morning? What has given you the drive to push yourself a little further?"

As the sun glimmered down upon the school's football field and a soft breeze passed through the trees, the speakers filled the air with inspiration and motivation to do great things in life.

The commencement speaker, Scott Case, a 1988 GHS graduate, co-founder of Priceline.com and CEO and vice president of Malaria No More, remains a true cardinal at heart. He insisted that he sat with the graduates because he wanted to sit with the "fun crowd." Case motivated students about their education, loved ones and the open end of opportunity.

"You already won the lottery," said Case. "I'm talking about the lottery of life and your prize package is already extraordinary." Case left the students' with a surprise gift underneath their seats—a lottery ticket.

"A dream is a powerful thing," said Superindendent Sidney Freund. "A person with a dream is an empowering thing."

The 2010 senior gift to the school was transforming an unused area into a garden and storage shed to benefit future students.

"The time to explore is now," said Newberry. "Put yourself up to the challenge of doing something you really love. For that is the greatest achievement."

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