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Letters to Seniors: Greg Mellinger

Dear class of 2020,

Congratulations on reaching this milestone.  It may not feel or look like any important moment that has come before in your lives but it is here for you nonetheless.  Everyone at Thetford Academy is very proud of you.  There is so much that you have accomplished, athletic successes, music performances, academic triumphs, jobs gained, projects built and a host of other successes.  You have also faced disappointments that made you feel devastated at times.  Most of life falls somewhere in between.  Right now we are in the middle of a historical global event that has changed life for all of us.  Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t have been worse for your end of the year celebrations.  Everybody at Thetford Academy feels terrible about that.  I want you all to know that we are behind you and are very impressed with how well you’re handling this moment in time.  Sometimes you have to look for the rainbow in the clouds.

As I watch spring take hold with the grass turning green and early spring flowers blooming, I can’t help but think of the wonderful and bright futures you all have as you enter adulthood.  Congratulations class of 2020.

I’m sure that most of you don’t recognize me from this picture.  That’s 18 year old Mr. Mellinger from the class of 1978 in East Lyme, Connecticut.

The well known music historian and radio personality Casey Kasem would end his weekly radio shows with this uplifting and thoughtful message. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”  Excellent advice to live by.

All My Best Thoughts and Wishes,

Mr. Mellinger
Class of 1978



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