ASTON — Members of the 2019 graduating class of Marple Newtown High School may have started out as cubs in their earliest days of education, but Thursday night they were tigers ready for the next portion of their lives.

Approximately 250 students collected their diplomas with a roar at Neumann University’s Mirenda Center.

The class president, salutatorian and valedictorian all made speeches at the school’s 104th commencement exercises.

"Our time at Marple Networn has been unique, individually. Together, we share a common bond as members of the graduating Class of 2019,” said class President Stephen Pastore. “I will always cherish my time here, but I’m excited for the next challenge.”

Salutatorian Midhula Pillai started her speech with a few jokes, but her tone went serious as she recalled being alone when she first came to the school district in the sixth grade. She eventually grew out of her shell, and onto a celebrated academic at Marple Newtown.

“When you go out into the world, I want you to open your arms to new people, new ideas and new cultures,” said Pillai. “But I also want you to remember to close tightly around your strongest beliefs and the people you love, and to never let go. For me high school has been one of the best memories I’ve ever received.”


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