(Cuttyhunk Island) – Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) both traveled to Cuttyhunk, the main island in the town of Gosnold, the state’s smallest town, for the graduation of 8th Grader Carter B. Lynch last Friday, June 15th. Carter is one of two students who attend the school on Cuttyhunk; the other being his younger sister, Gwen, who will graduate next year.
Senator Cyr presented Lynch with an official Citation from the Massachusetts Senate.
“I want to extend congratulations to Carter for excelling through his studies at the Cuttyhunk School,” said Senator Cyr. “I always thought that my hometown of Truro was tiny, being the smallest community on Cape Cod, but even my graduating class was about 20 times larger than Carter’s. It was not always easy, but I came to appreciate how unique and special it is to be from such a small town, with such a tightly-knit community. Carter has been a terrific ambassador for Cuttyhunk through his work with Project 351, and I know he will continue to as he heads to high school off-island.”
Cuttyhunk School Principal and teacher Mrs. Michelle Carvalho led the ceremony, and spoke about her years teaching both Carter and his sister. Lynch also addressed the audience himself, reminiscing about the joys and challenges of attending school solely with his sister and living on such a small island, as well as what he looks forward to in high school.
“Our office is committed to reaching out to every community in our district no matter how small or remote,” said Rep. Fernandes. “We are incredibly proud of Carter Lynch for his dedication to our Cuttyhunk Island community and his graduation from the island school. We look forward to watching him grow into a leader in our state”
Dr. Margaret Frieswyk, superintendent of Cuttyhunk Schools, drew inspiration from Dr. Seuss’ poem “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, and encouraged Lynch to travel far and wide but also never to forget his childhood and upbringing on the Island.
The Keynote speaker at the ceremony was Massachusetts resident, Dr. Catherine “Cady” Coleman. Determination, perspective and hard work were sentiments emphasized in the speech Dr. Coleman, an American chemist, a former United States Air Force officer, and a former NASA astronaut who has logged three launches to Space and months on the International Space Station for a total of 180 days spent in Space. “We have a tendency to forget to be curious and excited,” Dr. Coleman commented while presenting a slide show about her time in Space and aboard the ISS, “but stay focused on the mission; remember to look at it differently - and to think about what it looks like from somebody else’s perspective. As Astronauts, we had the luxury of having a mission that was clearly defined,” she reflected, “but I see the crew of Spaceship Earth - a crew that we are all a part of.”
After the summer break, Lynch will attend boarding school at the St. Andrews School in Barrington, Rhode Island, and eventually hopes to pursue a career in technology and computers.