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Cliff, Calabrese and McCarthy lead THS Class of ’24.

TORRINGTON: As they waited patiently in the lobby of the Warner Theater on Friday night, the three Class of 2024 Torrington High School graduation speakers took a moment to soak in all in.

The trio, Class President Chealse Cliff, the President of the Executive Board and Salutatorian Sofia Calabrese and the Valedictorian Matthew McCarthy represented a marvelous class of seniors who are now off to conquer their share of the world.

All three were stellar athletes for the Raiders and each were honored at the 10th Annual Litchfield County Sports Banquet on June 5 with Cliff and Calabrese taking home two of the scholarships presented that night.

Calabrese spoke first and summed up nicely what this class was all about, on and off the school grounds, family.

This was a group that spent a good deal of their freshman year remote learning because of the pandemic yet still managed to make a significant mark during the last full year of the current high school.

In January of 2025, the old school will shutter its doors and the brand-new facility will open.

It’s fitting that this class wrapped the last year in style with a year to remember, something McCarthy mentioned in his comments.

Cliff, who was a leader in all three sports she played (Volleyball, Basketball and Outdoor Track) spoke of the challenges both she and her classmates faced over their four years but leaned on each other, their teachers, and coaches to navigate the four years.

Calabrese joined Cliff on the hardwood in volleyball and basketball and was a difference maker on both teams.

I had the pleasure of interviewing both of them on Gaffney’s Corner this school year and each showed why they were leaders in the senior class.

McCarthy attended the LCS banquet after being chosen for his efforts on the trails as a member of the Cross-Country team.

Cliff was a major player at the 2024 Torrington Kids Marathon on May 24th at the Torrington Middle School, taking the microphone at one point to entertain the masses (1300 kids over two waves) with the longest version of Simon Says (141 requests by Simon) that I had ever experienced.

Each of them is destined for remarkable things in their bright futures and they can take immense pride in knowing they made an enormous impact on Torrington High School as part of the Class of 2024.

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