A day for celebration in Riverhead turned into a day to remember. As Riverhead High School’s 346 seniors accepted their diplomas during the June commencement ceremony, they also reflected on two classmates who couldn’t be there: John Anderson and Danielle Lawrence. READ
One by one the 346 graduates of Riverhead’s Class of 2017 walked across the podium inside Riverhead High School’s gymnasium Saturday morning. They smiled, waved toward gleaming parents in the bleachers and posed for photos with their diplomas.
Finally, only two names remained. READ
A photo of John Anderson rests on the windowsill of his parents’ Riverhead home. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
Two poster boards covered with photos rest on the windowsill in the dining room of Dennis and Carmel Anderson’s Riverhead home. More posters are scattered throughout the house, on tables and the floor. The photos provide a glimpse into the life of their son, John. There are shots of the family in Ireland, John in his No. 63 Blue Waves football uniform and groups of friends dressed up before a school dance. READ
To the editor:
It is with a broken heart filled with sorrow that we write this letter of thanks and sympathy. READ
On a recent trip home to Riverhead, Troy Trent bumped into a familiar face: former teammate John Anderson, who was in his senior year at Riverhead High School.
Mr. Trent, a 2015 graduate, was a standout football player for the Blue Waves when Mr. Anderson was on the junior varsity team. The two played similar positions and developed a bond that endured following Mr. Trent’s graduation.
Losing can be tough on anyone, but there may be no player on the Riverhead High School football team who had it rougher through the first four winless games this season than John Anderson. READ
When John Anderson steps onto a field, he brings with him the equipment other players do, including a helmet and pads, but his most important football tool may be the one pounding in his chest. READ