BROOKSVILLE — Central High School graduating senior Syclair Jones, 18, is a top student with a 4.37 grade point average.
She attended the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Minority Residency Summer Program at the University of South Florida in between her junior and senior years, and it helped direct her in her studies.
Jones, the daughter of Marcia and Clarence Jones of Weeki Wachee, is considered an exceptional student among this year's graduating class at Central High.
What are your favorite memories of high school?
"In my 10th grade year, I was in the marching band, and our halftime show was a Michael Jackson tribute.
"One of the songs we did was Beat It, and we had a dance to go with it. Doing the dance and seeing how the crowd reacted to our performance was very memorable."
Who was the best teacher you had in high school and what made her/him special?
"I cannot name one teacher, because there have been a lot of teachers who believed in me more than I believed in myself."
(Jones did name a freshman-year teacher, Andrew Smith, as very encouraging.)
Have you had to struggle in any way while you were in high school?
"People have these ideas about black people and how they act. (I've had) a lot of criticisms because 'I act white.' I've tried to move past it.
"Are (they) saying black people aren't supposed to respect authority or care about their academics?
"You'd think we've moved past this by now. But it's definitely made me stronger."
What are your plans for college and the future?
Jones said she will major in accounting and attend the University of Florida, where she will explore her interests, skills and talents — "so I can figure out what I enjoy doing."
Central High School
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Valedictorian Dhruv Patel
Parents: Ketunbhai and Nilamben Patel
College, field of study: University of Florida, mathematics Salutatorian Brittany Blackburn
Parents: Granddaughter of Ralph and Angela Napolitano
College, field of study: Florida State University, psychology
Rest of the best:
3. Syclair Jones
4. Kasey Kupcik
5. Megan Jordan
6. Elena Hoogland
7. Paul Andrade
8. Danielle Daly
9. Jordan Stenholm
10. Jeffrey Moncalian
Central High School Class of 2013
Lindsey Cierra Adams, Samantha Lee Agnelli, Matthew L. Ainsworth, Adymarie Alamo, Andrea M. Allen, Stephanie Renea Almas, David Lee Anderson, Jared Anderson, Paul C. Andrade, Joseph J. Annitto, Robert Fredrick Archbell, Rahaf F. Atfeh, Anna Christine Badger, Stephanie Jean Badger,
Jasmine R. Barnhill, Eric Louis Barnes, Justin Lamar Battle, Quadavis Willis Battle, Jennifer Lynn Bellemore, Norrisia R. Berkitte, Brittany M. Blackburn, Imani Kurt Blackman, ChyAnne Lanee Boissonnault, Angelica Celene Borda, Ashley Kay Bouffard, Jessica Lee Brandt, Tyler W. Brooks-Ryerson,
Randy Gerald Brooks, Nicholas J. Brotschul, Dean A. Brown, James William Brown II, Kenneth Roger Brown II, Kristina Marie Buchalski, Maria Isabel Buckner, Zachary Alan Campbell, Michael J. Cappillino, Dylan Michael Carey, Chester Joseph Cartelli, Bobbie-Jean Faith Chapman,
Nicholas Michael Cherubino, Beloved Chery, David James Chrispen, Bridgette A. Christen, Philip David Ciappetta, Tayler Eugene Claussen, Jose Fabian Colon, Brooke S. Connolly, Mario Contino-Veliz, Sigfredo K. Cortes, Baylie D. Cowart, Patrick Anthony Coyle, Taylor Renee Crawford,
Taylor M. Cromwell, James Vincent Cruz, Samantha Sky Cruz, Veronica Nicole D'Arco, Danielle Frances Daly, Anthony Michael Danna, Jacob Eugene Davis, McKenzie Hunter Davis, Aaron Michael Dawson, Jessica Delmoral, Christopher Giuseppe Del Pozzo, George Omar Diaz,
Karrissa Nichole DiMuccio, Christopher Diviccaro, Jeffrey Erin Dow, Brooke Jordan Drinosky, Cody Joseph Dunlap, Hannah Elizabeth Edmisten, Kyle Jefferson Edwards, Samantha Victoria Ekdahl, Eric William Enders, Matthew Jay Epley, Crystalyn R. Eschelbach, Tori Evans, Steven M. Fabretti,
Elijah Fields, Robert Wiley Finley, Jordyn Elizabeth Forte, Nikki Leigh Fox, Shane M. Fox, Charles Desmond Franks, James R. Frantz, Gonzalo, Andre Gallo-Crespo, Matthew Thomas Gandee, Karina Ibeliz Garcia, Michael Richard Garetano, Sierra E. Gerhardstein,
Kaleigh Rae Gibbs, Natasha Daisy Gibbs, Sabrina Christine Marie Gilmore, Taylor Renee Gipson, Joshua Shane Goff, Austin C. Goins, Todd Corydon Goldberg, Adam Dainels Gonzalez, Junet Gonzalez, Samantha Rai Gonzalez, Thomas Gonzalez, Mari Elizabeth Goodwin, Lauren N. Grimsland,
Jamarcus Marcel Hayes, Miranda Nicole Heath, Rebekah Hernandez, Gabriella Marie Hoffman, Amanda C. Holding, Zachary Aaron Tyler Holt, Nicholas A. Ho Lung, Garrett Michael Homan, Elena Hoogland, Denise Renee Hrostek, Jerod Edward Hunter, Jason T. Jackson, Jordan C. Jenkins-Crandle,
Anteaira T. Johnson, Earnest Dwayne Johnson, Amber Ruth Jones, Daniel Evan Jones, Dawson Fitzgerald Jones, Michael R. Jones, Syclair L. Jones, Brandon M. Jordan, Megan Leigh Jordan, Sarah Elizabeth Kaspars, Joseph Steven Katz, Joseph Michael Kelly, Avery Kemp, Kristina Korobeynikova,
Terry John Kozlow, Elmaida Krasniqi, Andrea A. Kruta, Kristen Mishelle Kufner, Kasey Lauren Kupcik, Jesse Robert Lamonaco, Jared Patrick Langer, Travis Randall Lawrence, Brenna E. Lawson, Erick Lebron, Ashley Marie Lewis, Mackinzey A. Likens, Robert Wayne Linville Jr.,
Joshua Adam Lissoy, Chase H. Lofley, Melanie Tudela Lopes, Roberto Lopez Jr., Daniel C. Lopez, Cassie Lynne Love, Joseph E. Ludwig, Phoenix Marilyn Lugo, Christina Millagros Lynch, Chance J. Mack, Makayla Roxanne MacKenzie, Michelle Marianne Mahaney, Melanie Maldonado,
Ryan Keith Malone, Joshua Enrique Marquez, Derek Paul Martin, Samantha Marie Mastrino, Matthew David Maxfield, Katherine Elizabeth McCarthy, Rachelle Tyler McClean, Joseph K. McCue, Katelyn Marie McDow, Cynthia Juanita McDowell, Shan Michael McQuown,
Albert A. Melgar, Marylyam Melgar, David Emidio Mendoza, Johnathon T. Menegus, Jack D. Merrill, Preston C. Merritt, Stefanie Denise Meyers, Alicia Nicole Milkiewicz, Tenesha P. Miller, Zairia Miller, Laura Elizabeth Mincey, Jeffrey Moncalian, Melissa E. Moody,
John M. Moore Jr., Megin Danielle Morgan, Sean A. E. Morton, Mitchell Arlis Moses, Andrew J. Mowatt, Samantha B. Mueller, Damien Anthony Mumma, Hunter Morgan Murchio, Tony Nagora, Scott Sverre Neraasen, Savannah R. Newell, Darren William Niethammer,
Benjamin Tyler Orner, Jalaun Donnell Outlaw, Cid Marie Ortiz, Lucila Oyola, Imari Isabel Pacheco, Kayla Alysa Paiz, Jacob Palo, Michael Stephen Andrew Parker, Levi Dewayne Parris, Dhruv Patel, Brittany Pepe, Angel M. Perez, Lisllany Perez, Danielle M. Peterson, Devon E. Peterson,
Jerzy Aleksander Piwowar, Jordan Pregi, Jessica Nancy Prill, Shannon Ashley Prill, Christian E. Frekey, Michael James Radike, Joseph James Rapp, Michael A. Ray, Michelle Alexandra Ray, Alexander Julian Reyes, Martin J. Reyes, James F. Reynolds, Braeden W. Rickard, Bradley C. Rickstrew,
Christopher Riley, David Andre Riley, Sevyn Renee Rippy, Andre L. Rivera, Derek J. Rivera, Daniel Kenneth Robinson, Stephanie Nicole Rodney, Asia Rodriguez, Kortney Vernice Rohrback, Roxanne Taylor Roos, Shelia M. Rosado, Justine Rosario, Ashley Rose, Matthew Robert Rothey,
Kayla Ann Rummel, Nicholas Allen Sanders, Victoria H. Sanders, Anthony Taylor Sanderson, Anthony Michael Schifini, Anthony Raymond Schnyderite, Elena Seerveld, Arianny Selema, Tyler Michael Shaw, Eric Sean Silva, Levi Simpson, Nicholas E. Smallwood, Joseph Anthony Smith,
Morgan T. Smith, Rachel Sierra Smith, Chelsea Rae Snyder, Tayler Sorrels, Jamie Soto-Morales, Matthew Alexander Sprinkle, Giovanni Gerald Squartino, Lorna L. Steff, Jordan Brooke Stenholm, Troy Anthony Stewart, Joseph Charles Stokes, Zachary Jay Taylor, Ariel Megan Thomas,
Michael J. Thompson, Chelsea Alexandra Toland, Isabella Noel Torkoly, Vincent E. Tricoche Jr., Hunter G. Trudell, Eric V. Uribe, Luis F. Vazquez, Rhiannon K. Venturella, Casey Joy Vsetula, Joshua A. Ward,
Julia Anne Waugh, Alexia Marie Wernert, Katie Marie Wheaton, Hayley Darlene Wilfong, Chaz C. Wilkens, Michael Wirshels, Bianca Elene Wolosin, Courtney Elizabeth Woods, Shawn P. Zahringer, Makayla Nicole Zsiga.