Enfield graduates cherish bonds that never break | Enfield

ENFIELD — More than 300 members of Enfield High School’s Class of 2022 celebrated their accomplishments and reflected on their challenges at their commencement ceremony Wednesday night.

During his speech, class president Hery Chavez passed on a poem presented to him in high school, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, reflecting both the fond and difficult memories of high school.

“It’s easy to lose sight of the little things, especially when they’re not desired ends, but we have to appreciate the gold,” Chavez said.

Chavez said there is peace knowing that some things cannot be controlled, and while the future is always uncertain, one thing members of the Class of 2022 can be sure of is the kind of person that they want to be.

Salutatorian Karalyn Edwards recalled an Asian belief that people are born with invisible red threads around their fingers, drawing them to those they are destined to meet.

“They can tangle and stretch, but they can never break,” Edwards said.

Edwards said the pandemic has been a difficult time that has tangled the threads for many, but as lockdowns and restrictions have been lifted she has been able to reconnect with those she relates to.

“Class of 2022, thank you for being my red threads and being a part of my life,” Edwards said.

Valedictorian Sam Chen mentioned the psychological theory of id, one of the three components of personality, along with ego and superego.

The superego represents high-level moral thought, and the id represents instinct and desire, with the ego mediating between the two.

“This ID acts almost like your default setting,” Chen said, reflecting the idea that the ID is the true base self.

Chen said graduates should move beyond identity and break the constraints of who they think they could be.

“We’re just young adults, we don’t know who we are… sometimes you really shouldn’t be yourself,” Chen said.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Fairley said ahead of the ceremony that this year’s annual Escort of Colors flag ceremony was the first since it began being led by two incoming graduates. in the Air Force, Ryan Turner and Mason White.

Fairley said the tradition began nine years ago, with two graduates heading into the military carrying country and state flags on the podium.

“They’re launching careers, they’re dropping out of high school, and doing that shows total respect for our country,” Fairley said.

At least four more members of the Class of 2022 will enter the armed forces.

Joseph covers East Hartford and South Windsor. He joined the JI in July 2021. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and he is an avid guitarist and coffee enthusiast.

Garland K. Long