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Lenox graduates are urged to never stop moving ahead

(Hannah Shirley) The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School Class of 2019 toss their caps in the air Sunday at Tanglewood.

LENOX — At a loss of what imparting wisdom he wanted to offer the Class of 2019, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School Principal Michael Knybel took a page out of the graduates’ books: he took a series of online surveys.

The motto the internet often came up with was a phrase often attributed to Albert Einstein, but actually dating back to the 1880s: “Life is like riding a bicycle … to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

The important part of that advice, Knybel said, is that no one can coast forever.

“If you don’t try, you’ll find yourself at the bottom of a dark valley,” he said. “That’s not bad, but it takes a great deal of pedaling to get out.”
Forty-nine graduates received their high school diplomas at Tanglewood Sunday, including 36 who finished with honors or high honors. The five student speakers emphasized how close the group of graduates had grown over the years and the ceremony was a celebration of those relationships from start to finish, from the artwork printed on the cover of the event brochure by student artist Maisie Morrison, to the rendition of “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by student pianist Phoebe Curry, to the embraces between the students after they had thrown their caps in the air.

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