There is no denying that Jonathan Law High School is forever a changed place after Junior Class President Maren Sanchez, 16, was killed at the school on April 25.
Principal Fran Thompson told 258 graduates Tuesday night that the feeling of being violated is “still palpable,” according to the New Haven Register’s Pamela McLoughlin.
“What would Maren want us to do?” Thompson asked graduates. “Be strong and pay it forward.”
Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Feser told Law graduates that she is thoroughly impressed by how the community came together and continues to find strength in one another, the Register reports.
Despite the tragedy that took place two months previously, students were still focused on their bright futures.
“Our futures are so bright, no wonder you’re all wearing sunglasses,” said Michelle Novak, according to John Burgeson of the Connecticut Post.
Valedictorian Soumya Kundu alluded to the Sanchez tragedy saying it’s been an “extremely tough year,” but the high school rallied together to overcome adversity, the Post reports.