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A Branford High senior shares an emotional moment with her family after presenting them with the class flower, a Tropicana rose.

BRANFORD — From valedictorian Madison McCall to salutatorian Wyatte Eakins to Superintendent Ted Roush, the message delivered at Branford High’s 2019 commencement was to look ahead.

During his address to the 94 members of the BHS Class of 2019, Eakins urged them to challenge themselves and try something new as they embark on whatever comes next now that they “have served their 13-year sentence,” as he jokingly referred to their school days.

Roush directed his challenge to the rows of chairs that sat behind the graduates on the field of Buccaneer Stadium.

“Continue to be behind them,” Roush told the parents, grandparents and loved ones of the Class of 2019. “As some of you who have already had graduates like me know, the parenting doesn’t stop here.”

McCall also told her classmates to make sure their story doesn’t stop with graduation either in her valedictory address.

She told them to continue moving forward no matter what, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. to get her point across: “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

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