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Memories flow: 'first loves ... getting our driver's license'

Published May 22, 2005

HUDSON - Chelsea Webster's last name ensured she would be among the last into the gymnasium. She was almost there.

"They don't say our names as we're walking in, do they?" she asked. A few more steps and she could hear inside.

"They're allowed to cheer like that?" she asked. "I hope they cheer for me."

They did.

Chelsea was one of 263 graduates honored in Hudson High School's ceremony Friday night. Friends and parents stuffed the gym.

Speakers included salutatorian Nicole Bamberski and co-valedictorians Reem Samhoury and Richard McKay.

Nicole Bamberski recounted the memories:

"First loves, followed by first breakups. Then second, and third loves.

"Getting our driver's license. Then getting our first ticket. Then our second, and our third.

"Acing that test you didn't even study for. And failing that test - you didn't even study for."

Reem recited Dr. Seuss:

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You're on your own. And you know what you know.

And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.

Richard thanked Mom and Dad for inspiration:

"Without you, I don't know where I would be now. Take care of my little sisters, and the new baby, in every way you took care of me ... I love you both."

The graduating Cobras racked up 110 scholarships this year totaling about $1.8-million. They also excelled in sports.

Meighan O'Connor was the Sunshine Athletic Conference's co-player of the year in girl's tennis. The girl's volleyball team made it to the state semifinals.

The football team finished within a win of making the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

[Last modified May 22, 2005, 01:07:21]

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