By Dustin Luca
---- — Greater Lawrence Technical High School’s class of 2013 was sent off Sunday with a leg up in the job market.
The 289 graduates of the vocational school on River Road were told that while the market is tough, they have the skills to get ahead of the job hunt early.
School Superintendent and Director John Lavoie said, “Although unemployment is high, I’ll tell you that every employer is still looking for skilled, young people who are willing to work hard.”
In addition to a small number of Andover students, the school serves students from Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover.
State Rep. Frank Moran, a 1989 GLTS alumnus and this year’s keynote speaker, told the 49th graduating class that “it’s not enough to simply get by in life. That doesn’t move the world forward.”
“Although it may not be easy to seek, every accomplishment you achieve is added to the world’s accomplishments,” he said. “Individual success benefits society as a whole, because when you succeed, it will lighten the burden on your fellow man.”
Valedictorian Jesenia Interiano told her classmates not to worry if they’re still undecided about their future direction.
“To this day, some of us still don’t know what we want to do, but that’s OK because this isn’t the end,” she said. “We’ve only stopped at a red light at the intersection of life. Confucius said it doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.”