NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 242
VALEDICTORIAN: Samuel Beutler
SALUTATORIAN: Cassidy Simpson
SPEAKERS: Principal David New, Simpson, Beutler
I'LL MISS YOU: In an interview before the ceremony, a few graduates shared what they will miss most about Spoto High. "The sandwich bar," said Carolyn Trott, 17. "Sleeping in class," said Jayde Walker, 18. "My squad," said Paloma Narvaez, 17, referring to her friends. "The snack machine; the honey buns are delicious," said Bennie Pierce, 19, as he pretended to lick his fingers.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Graduates Michelle Aviles, Joshua Long and Keanna Moss performed the Star-Spangled Banner.
CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: $1 million in scholarships, 16 members joining the U.S. armed forces, and 70 honor cord graduates with weighted GPAs of 4.0 or higher.
PROUD SISTER: As Beutler gave his valedictorian address, his sister, Haley Pepper Beutler, 21, shook and cried as she tried to capture the moment on her iPad Mini. When Sam gave thanks to his sister, she covered her mouth, threw her head back and her whole body shook. Haley was valedictorian of Spoto in 2011 and she helped guide him on the path to becoming valedictorian. She said, "He's my best friend, honestly."
Angela Skane, University of Florida, tb-two* staff