Graduation 2013: Wharton High

WHARTON HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 578

VALEDICTORIAN: Allyson Bell

SALUTATORIAN: Harold Shaw

SPEAKERS: Principal Bradley Woods, senior class president Rachel Mitcham, Shaw and Bell.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: Shaw got into his address, waving his hands and pointing into the crowd. The salutatorian had the graduates laughing. But he looked stunned when Woods cut short his address, honored his freedom of speech and then introduced the valedictorian. Later, when Shaw received his diploma, the Expo Hall crowd cheered.

FUNNIEST ADVICE: "Always wear clean underwear. … And don't air your dirty laundry on the Internet." — Bell

CLASS ACHIEVEMENTS: More than $6.5 million in scholarships, more than 3,000 community service hours, four National Merit finalists and 37 grads with GPAs over 6.0.

Angela Skane, University of Florida, tb-two* staff

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Graduation 2013: Wharton High 06/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:14pm]

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