GALLERY: Graduation 2014 – Part 1

The class of 2014 graduated on Friday June 6th at Hyland Field. The ceremony started with bag pipers and drummers, leading the procession of faculty and graduates onto the field. A group of senior girls sang the national anthem.  Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, Principal Patricia Puglisi, and Superintendent Pamela Beaudoin all gave speeches to the class and audience.

Following the administrations speeches, class president Erik Rajunas spoke about his journey through high school and about his class. Then Madeline Dahlen spoke as the Salutatorian of the class. The last speech from the students of the class of 2014 was given by Valedictorian Lindsey Duff, who chose to write a letter to the world about her class.

The class speaker was English teacher Daniel Koughan, who spoke for the third time at graduation in the past five years. He gave the graduates pieces of advice gleaned from important works of literature. After the diplomas were awarded, the students flipped their tassels and were officially finished with school at MERSD.

 

PROGRAM

 

PROCESSIONAL

 

FACULTY                                     Creagan More Pipes and Drums

 

GRADUATES                “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar

                                                                MERSD Band, Mr. Joseph Sokol, Director

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM                                    Evanthia Boling, Sofia del Valle, Lindsey Duff,

Elizabeth Higgins, Molly McCoy, Hannah Parker, Alexandra Valenti, Elizabeth White

                                                                    

 

WELCOME                                   Mr. Paul F. Murphy, Assistant Principal

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT                      Ms. Pamela Beaudoin, Superintendent

 

 

CLASS ADDRESS/GIFT                Class Officers: Erik Rajunas, Evanthia Boling,

William Burnham, Alyssa Shepard

 

 

SALUTATORIAN ADDRESS         Madeline Kelley Dahlin                         

 

 

VALEDICTORIAN ADDRESS       Lindsey W. Duff 

 

 

PRESENTATION                           Ms. Patricia Puglisi, Principal

OF SCHOLARSHIPS /

REMARKS

 

COMMENCEMENT                      Mr. Daniel Koughan

ADDRESS                                                     English Department

 

 PRESENTATIONS OF                  Ms. Linda Crosby, School Committee Chair

DIPLOMAS                                   Ms. Pamela Beaudoin, Superintendent

                                                     Ms. Patricia Puglisi, Principal

                                                     Mr. Paul F. Murphy, Assistant Principal

               

RECESSIONAL                             “Summon the Heroes” by John Williams

                                                              Arranged by Michael Sweeney   

                                                          

CLASS SONG                                “Good Vibrations” by Amir Quadeer Shakir,

            a.k.a. M.C. Spice,  for Marky Mark

            and the Funky Bunch

 

JUNIOR MARSHALLS                   Emily Moore – Craig Carter   

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day Assembly Honors Fallen Soldiers

On Friday May 23, 2014, the Manchester Essex Middle and High school students gathered in the gymnasium for a Memorial Day assembly

Assistant Principal Paul Murphy spoke at the beginning of the assembly to introduce the veterans. The Veterans that were attending were, Al Secker, Brian Sullivan, June Sullivan, George Nickless, Jack Buckley, and Bruce Hersey. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy spoke at the beginning of the assembly to introduce the veterans. The Veterans that were attending were, Al Secker, Brian Sullivan, June Sullivan, George Nickless, Jack Buckley, and Bruce Hersey. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Veteran Brian Sullivan, a retired commander of the U.S. Navy Reserve, spoke to the crowd about his experiences while being a serviceman. Sullivan explained the lyrics of “Taps” during his speech, which is sounded during different ceremonies such as funerals and military gatherings.  Sullivan discussed how that if the chance came about, to buy a poppy flower in recognition of the fallen soldiers. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Veteran Brian Sullivan, a retired commander of the U.S. Navy Reserve, spoke to the crowd about his experiences while being a serviceman. Sullivan explained the lyrics of “Taps” during his speech, which is sounded during different ceremonies such as funerals and military gatherings. Sullivan discussed how that if the chance came about, to buy a poppy flower in recognition of the fallen soldiers. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee plays the percussion during the song the Anchors Away performance by the high school band. Lee along with the other drummers and percussionists have a large roll in this song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee plays the percussion during the song the Anchors Away performance by the high school band. Lee along with the other drummers and percussionists have a large roll in this song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the Assembly, Principal Patricia Puglisi, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, and Middle School Principal Steve Guditus posed for a picture with the veterans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the Assembly, Principal Patricia Puglisi, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, and Middle School Principal Steve Guditus posed for a picture with the veterans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the assembly, the high school band played the Star Spangled Banner. During the song, the student body along, with the faculty and Veterans, acknowledged those being remembered on Memorial Day. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
At the beginning of the assembly, the high school band played the Star Spangled Banner. During the song, the student body along, with the faculty and Veterans, acknowledged those being remembered on Memorial Day. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band leader Joe Sokol conducts the band in their March Set. The March Set includes four different songs; Anchors Away, Cassin’s, Marines Hymn, and the Air Force Song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band leader Joe Sokol conducts the band in their March Set. The March Set includes four different songs; Anchors Away, Cassin’s, Marines Hymn, and the Air Force Song. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band members perform The Navy Hymn; it is a variety of the horns for the men and women in the Navy for seafaring men. Eighth grader Philip Sicala plays the trombone along with the high school students. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band members perform The Navy Hymn; it is a variety of the horns for the men and women in the Navy for seafaring men. Eighth grader Philip Sicala plays the trombone along with the high school students. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school Acapella group The Sound Waves performed America The beautiful in five different parts. Some parts of the song was remixed by high school Acapella teacher Donna O’Neil. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school Acapella group The Sound Waves performed America The beautiful in five different parts. Some parts of the song was remixed by high school Acapella teacher Donna O’Neil. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The high school chorus sang a variety of songs. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neil conducted the students while singing songs for the unsung heroes, and the Battle Hymn of The Republic. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The high school chorus sang a variety of songs. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neil conducted the students while singing songs for the unsung heroes, and the Battle Hymn of The Republic. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Lacrosse teams play for Brain Cancer Awareness

On Friday May 9th, the boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams competed against Ipswich High School. The teams played to support and raise money for Brain Cancer Awareness. The Manchester-Essex Hornets played for John Driscoll while Ipswich played for Ron Cameron. Driscoll is the nephew of athletic assistant Muffin Driscoll, and the cousin of athletic coach Steven Driscoll. Cameron is the grandfather of one of the Ipswich Varsity Lacrosse players. Both teams were defeated by Ipswich in the end, but put up a fight while playing. The girls lost 8-9 ending the game neck and neck. The boys also lost to Ipswich with a final score of 2-8.

The girls’ game started off with a bang with senior Brittany Smith scoring a goal within the first minute of the game, followed by another goal from sophomore Jenny Cochand. The rest of the game continued neck and neck until the end of the game. Cochand and varsity player Annie Decanto unfortunately both left the game with injuries.

The boys’ game started slow, but they managed to score within the game. At half time the pee-wee lacrosse team played a game which was an opportunity for them to display their lacrosse abilities for the crowd of people watching.

Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomore English class travels to the cemetery to read poetry

Allison Krause and Connie Bergh who co-teach college prep sophomore English took students to the cemetery to read poetry. As the weather became nice the teachers wanted to enjoy it while learning at the same time.

The class walked out of the school and over to the cemetery on Arbella Street. Many of the students were excited to go outside and enjoy the warm weather. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class walked out of the school and over to the cemetery on Arbella Street. Many of the students were excited to go outside and enjoy the warm weather. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class surrouned of the sunken graves found in the cemetery. Krause discusses the meaning of the poem to the students. The students came to the conclusion that part of the grave must have been dug out so the name on the stone was visible. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class surrouned of the sunken graves found in the cemetery. Krause discusses the meaning of the poem to the students. The students came to the conclusion that part of the grave must have been dug out so the name on the stone was visible. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Alex Beckman, Brad Graves, Jake Rich, and Chris Milne all read the poem before the class had a discussion. The class has been reading multiple poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman for the poetry unit. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Alex Beckman, Brad Graves, Jake Rich, and Chris Milne all read the poem before the class had a discussion. The class has been reading multiple poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman for the poetry unit. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The majority of the girls of the English class all sat together and read “Because I could not stop for Death”, by Emily Dickinson. The mood of the poem in matched the mood of the graveyard; both dark and gloomy. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The majority of the girls of the English class all sat together and read “Because I could not stop for Death”, by Emily Dickinson. The mood of the poem in matched the mood of the graveyard; both dark and gloomy. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jack Carlson spent time sitting at different graves and reading the names on the grave. Carlson found and studied many graves dedicated to veterans. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jack Carlson spent time sitting at different graves and reading the names on the grave. Carlson found and studied many graves dedicated to veterans. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Krause and Bergh, along with sophomores Jake Ostrovitz and Alex Beckman, study a grave. The students and teachers talked about the different engravings about the person that passed. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Krause and Bergh, along with sophomores Jake Ostrovitz and Alex Beckman, study a grave. The students and teachers talked about the different engravings about the person that passed. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomores Damian Palmer, Will Kannengeiser, and Briant Bradley examine a grave located at the cemetery. Palmer, Kannengeiser, and Bradley walked around to look at multiple graves in search for sunken gravestones that the teachers wanted students to find. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Damian Palmer, Will Kannengeiser, and Briant Bradley examine a grave located at the cemetery. Palmer, Kannengeiser, and Bradley walked around to look at multiple graves in search for sunken gravestones that the teachers wanted students to find. Credit: Cassandra for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Hamilton-Wenham defeats Hornets in a close game

The girls varsity lacrosse team was defeated by Hamilton Wenham in a very close game. The girls were neck and neck up until the last 8 seconds in which the Generals scored a victorious goal.

Goalie Annie Deconto awaits a shot from the opposing team. Deconto fortunately blocked the incoming throw maintaining their score of 5-3 in the first half. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Goalie Katie Furber awaits a shot from the opposing team. Deconto fortunately blocked the incoming throw maintaining their score of 5-3 in the first half. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Evelyn Lantz, catches the ball and runs it down to other offensive players in hope of scoring a goal. Lantz is one of the five starting freshmen on the varsity team. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Evelyn Lantz, catches the ball and runs it down to other offensive players in hope of scoring a goal. Lantz is one of the five starting freshmen on the varsity team. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Bridgett Kiernan assists Annie Deconto in defending the goal while Hamilton Wenham attempts to shoot. The goal was blocked by Deconto, depriving the Generals another point. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Bridgett Kiernan assists Furber in defending the goal while Hamilton Wenham attempts to shoot. The goal was blocked by Deconto, depriving the Generals another point. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Team members of the Hornets varsity girls team huddle during half time while coach Sarah Holch gives a pep talk to the players. The second half ended in a very close defeat. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Team members of the Hornets varsity girls team huddle during half time while coach Sarah Holch gives a pep talk to the players. The second half ended in a very close defeat. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Jenny Beardsley defends a Hamilton-Wenham player, and tries to retrieve the ball from the head of the opponents lacrosse stick. Beardsley has been playing lacrosse since second grade and also starts on varsity. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Jenny Beardsley defends a Hamilton-Wenham player, and tries to retrieve the ball from the head of the opponents lacrosse stick. Beardsley has been playing lacrosse since second grade and also starts on varsity. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets defensive players Beardsley and junior  Lauren Coogan wait to defend the goal if Hamilton Wenham receives the ball during the draw. The varsity lacrosse team 7 and 3, which is a good start to the season. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets defensive players Beardsley and junior Lauren Coogan wait to defend the goal if Hamilton Wenham receives the ball during the draw. The varsity lacrosse team 7 and 3, which is a good start to the season. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The offensive line made up of Lantz, Cochand, and freshman Liddy Deconto await the draw. The players rush to where the ball is and play out the point.  Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The offensive line made up of Lantz, Cochand, and freshman Liddy Deconto await the draw. The players rush to where the ball is and play out the point.
Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Meek and a player from Hamilton Wenham perform a draw to have an even chance of either team receiving the ball. The ball was caught by meek and then was run down to the opposing goal. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Meek and a player from Hamilton Wenham perform a draw to have an even chance of either team receiving the ball. The ball was caught by meek and then was run down to the opposing goal. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Cochand scores one of the three goals she made during the game. Cochand was later congratulated by teammates and fans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Cochand scores one of the three goals she made during the game. Cochand was later congratulated by teammates and fans. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Senior Taylor Meek prepares for a free position in which she has the chance to score a goal. Meek received two chances at this shot, making one of them to increase their score by one point. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Taylor Meek prepares for a free position in which she has the chance to score a goal. Meek received two chances at this shot, making one of them to increase their score by one point. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Volunteers package 40,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now

The Global Issues class hosted the Stop Hunger Now Packaging Day at Manchester Essex Regional High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The meals packaged consisted of rice based soybean fortified meals which can be made with just adding water.

Over 200 adults and students gathered to package and construct just over 40,000 meals. An assembly line was made by all the volunteers who were performing different tasks to efficiently package the meals. The filling station had volunteers adding rice, soy, vitamins, vegetables, and other ingredients into a bag that was sent to the sealing and weighing station. This station had volunteers weigh the meals so they were in-between 389 and 394 grams.

After the meals were weighed they were tightly sealed and sent to the truck. A gong was rung by students once every 4,000 meals were packaged, until there was a total of 40,000 meals packaged.

Manchester Essex Regional High School contributed to the growing number of 589,938 meals packaged in the past week. These meals are distributed worldwide to 65 third world countries.

 

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Seventh graders construct fixed pinch pots

Art teacher Tamera Burns began the seventh graders unit on pottery by teaching them how to create fixed pinch pots. Making these pots includes having to fold and press the clay repeatedly until it takes on the shape of a bowl.

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PE class participates in Fun Friday

Seventh grade and high school  PE classes combine on Fun Friday. Students were given the option to either play Circus Ball in the gym or practice yoga in the workout room. Fun Friday allows students to have the opportunity to play a fun activity that is different to their daily curriculum.

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Joel Levine Gives Substance Abuse Presentation

On Wednesday March 26th, Joel Levine visited MERSD to give a talk about his former drug and alcohol addiction to students, parents, and faculty. Joel’s sister, MERHS physical education teacher and athletic trainer Jillian Levine, and his father, Herb Levine, accompanied Joel during the presentation in order to give their support and to share their personal experiences with Joel’s addiction.

A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A crowd made up of students, parents, and teachers attended the presentation. Joel Levine discussed how he now has an allergy to drugs and alcohol called the “Phenomenon of Craving”. Even with withdrawal symptoms sometimes creeping up on him he gets through it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction.  Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD.  Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a part of Joel Levine’s video, his younger sister Jillian was interviewed about what she went through because of her brother’s addiction. Jillian Levine is an athletic trainer and physical education teacher for MERSD. Jillian talked about how she knew about her older brother’s problem, yet she was too scared to tell anyone about it. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation.  After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication.  This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When Joel Levine first became sober, a doctor helped him and his family create a video telling his story, which was shown to the audience during this presentation. After his parents found out about his drug problem, Joel had to be frequently drug tested and had to take withdrawal medication. This medication was given to him by his mother who made sure that he swallowed it after every dose. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story.  Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During Joel Levine’s presentation, his father Herb periodically took the microphone and added in his opinion to Joel’s story. Herb told about how he and his wife noticed his son’s behavioral and physical changes as Joel became more involved with illegal substances. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes.  Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine took the stage and further discussed his perspective of his drug addiction. Joel went to Endicott College and had a .71 GPA due to skipping almost all of his classes. Joel spoke about how he lost countless friends because of his drug and alcohol problem. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Police officers from Manchester and Essex listen while Herb Levine presents the different circumstances both him and his family had to overcome while overcoming the drug addiction of Joel Levine. After the assembly when the Levine’s were accepting questions the officer asked, “Could you speak about the transition from marijuana to other drugs? I do believe that marijuana is a gateway drug”. The Levine’s then shared their opinion in which they agreed with the officer. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Father and former superintendent Herb Levine came to the middle high school to discuss his son’s previous addictions to drugs and alcohol. Herb Levine and his family struggled in helping their family member overcome a powerful addiction. Credit: Liam Crossen for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation.  He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Joel Levine stands with his father, Herb, after the presentation. He discusses how during his addiction to drugs, the amount of drugs and the intensity of the drugs he was taking increased rapidly. Joel quickly became addicted to heroin because the high was inexistent after doing other drugs. Joel says, “Heroin brought me to my knees quicker than anything else could”. He also talked about how he was feeling like he just wanted to die at times and wondered why he “would wake up every morning and be upset that the drugs I took the night before didn’t kill me. I am thankful to be alive”. Credit: Cassandra Gonser and Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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