Proud graduates took their bows June 24 as the Devereux Glenholme School in Washington hosted its commencement exercises for the Class of 2009.

"We are here to celebrate and honor your accomplishments," executive director Maryann Campbell told the graduates during opening remarks.

"Take with you those moments of people and friends that have shaped your lives," she said.

Ms. Campbell thanked the parents for their commitment to the school program and the effort they had made during their children's school years at Glenholme.

Mayor Ryan J. Bingham of Torrington also addressed the students.

The 2009 Student Council president and graduate Creighton Hudson remarked to those in attendance how Glenholme had helped change his life for the better and he feels confident leaving, "a good leader, student and friend."

Michelle Pachon emphasized the importance of community service with words of caring and what it had meant to her during her four years at Glenholme.

"Give; and give back to the school as much as it has given [you]," she said.

The ceremony included three commencement awards; two were bestowed upon the graduating seniors and the third upon a standout junior.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award was awarded to Michelle Pachon by Victoria Cherniske and Cynthia Brissett of Washington.

Student Council president Creighton Hudson was honored with a scholarship award in recognition of his leadership skills.

The 2009 Excellence Award for Academic Achievement was awarded to Tom Holohan, a Glenholme junior, who achieved his goals, upheld the school's values and became an exceptional leader.