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Stamford's AITE Sends Off Its Seniors

STAMFORD, Conn. — A total of 130 graduates donned caps and gowns and crammed into the auditorium at Rippowam Middle School , waiting to finally hear the words to make it official Wednesday evening.

“Your 12 years of mandatory public education is over,” Paul L. Gross, principal of the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering , said before the students received their diplomas.

During his final goodbye to the students, Gross described them as typical Stamford teens, with their love for text messaging, Facebook and Garden Catering . However, he praised his students for becoming self-motivated.

“I trusted that we have instilled the mindset of yes I can, yes I have,” Gross said of the education the students received over the past four years.

Self-motivation and dedication were also the themes in senior class president Brittany Flittner’s speech to her classmates. She told her fellow AITE graduates that the school has given them the tools to know how to face adversity and succeed.

“What we do and what we accomplish is all right because we gave it 100 percent,” Flittner said, “All of you are capable of going out into the world and doing something great.”

The Class of 2011 was the first to spend all four years in the AITE building. Previously, the school had used Rippowam for classroom space. Now, only assemblies and other large gatherings, including graduation, are held in the middle school auditorium.

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