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Outgoing Principal’s Speech Highlight of Sumner Graduation
Written by Jacqueline Weaver   
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

SULLIVAN — There was little evidence at Sumner Memorial High School’s graduation June 10 of the tumult this spring over the decision to replace Principal Michael Eastman.

That made Eastman’s commencement speech to the 61 graduates and a standing room only crowd in the gymnasium all the more poignant.

The traditional balloon drop marks the end of the graduation ceremony at Sumner. — JACQUELINE WEAVER

“I, like you, will be leaving Sumner Memorial High School this year,” he said. “And when we walk out the doors of our school, I, like you, will use the knowledge and skills that I have gained from my experience at Sumner to survive the journey that we call life.”

The Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board voted to find a new principal in order to qualify for federal funding. The board is applying for about $2 million.

Sumner became eligible for the School Improvement Grant by virtue of being listed as one of 10 “persistently low-achieving” schools in Maine.

A new principal, Tom Wissink of Wisconsin, has been hired to take over the helm at Sumner.

Eastman, who will become principal at the Peninsula School, an elementary school in Gouldsboro, urged the graduates to be prepared for hard work; to follow their dreams; to keep things in perspective; to build and maintain good relationships; to remember humor can heal, and to not let technology keep them from face-to-face contact with those they love and value.

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