Sasha Eaton of Penobscot and Kyle Chick of Blue Hill will never have to go to high school again—unless they want to. These two students make up the Blue Hill Harbor School’s Class of 2013, and on Saturday, June 8, with much fanfare they were released into the world as graduates to take on all of life’s challenges.
Principal Joshua Jones and Lead Advisor Andrew Dillon lead the graduation ceremonies, welcoming attendees into the school and ushering the various speakers to and from the podium. Dillon said both Chick and Eaton joined the Harbor School roughly two and a half years ago, blossoming into their full potential and leaving the school ready for whatever may lie ahead.
Eaton is the daughter of Betty Sadler and stepfather Frank Sadler of Penobscot and Nathan Eaton and stepmother Daphne Sadler of Stonington.
Chick is the son of Yvonne Chick of Blue Hill and Paul Chick of Kennebunkport.
Chick took a minute to address the room and spoke about finding his place at the school after faltering in a traditional high school setting. He spoke about his love of photography and thanked Dillon for his friendship and support.
Eaton did not comment, but her mother read a poem she had written that highlighted her daughter’s accomplishments and said how proud she was of “her special friend.” The graduates got some words of wisdom from filmmaker and documentarian Richard Kane who spoke about the local connections that come from living in a small community.
He talked about giving back to the community and the importance of creating a life that you want, regardless of what you think you may have to give up along the way. “If you develop the virtues of honesty, caring, giving back, working hard, you will find that the world will open up for you,” he said. Principal Jones, who completed his first year at the school, urged the students to continue to learn and to set expectations for themselves, noting that in the real world “no one will be there to give you assignments, you will have to make your own and no one will be there to create deadlines…that is all on you.”
Richard Kane delivers some remarks during the Blue Hill Harbor School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 8. BHHS graduated two students this year, Kyle Chick and Sasha Eaton. Video by Faith DeAmbrose.