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Finally, their moment

Class of 2011 graduates had their moment in the sun (and rain) last week as Pinellas County high schools saluted the students and handed over the hard-earned diplomas in traditional commencements. Times photographers were there to capture some of the special moments, including Kylie Atkinson, above, with fellow Dunedin High graduates after it was made official Thursday in Ruth Eckerd Hall. See the graduates celebrate from Clearwater High, Countryside High, Dunedin High, East Lake High and Palm Harbor University High and more, Pages 6-9.

CLEARWATER HIGH SCHOOL

Grads: 437

Commencement speakers: Michael Flowers, co-valedictorian; Madeleine Turcotte, co-valedictorian; Zane Rubaii, salutatorian; Bennie Niles, class president.

Principal: Keith Mastorides

Memorable moment: A dozen family members of one grad waved fans plastered with a cutout of her face.

QUOTE:"Because we are adults, we don't have to stop having fun. Who said adults can't launch rockets, paint masterpieces or dissect pigs?"

Madeleine Turcotte, co-valedictorian

COUNTRYSIDE HIGH

Grads: 458

Principal: Gerald Schlereth

Commencement speakers: Jordan St. John, valedictorian; Nicholas Kaufman, salutatorian; Andrew Richey, class president

DUNEDIN HIGH

Grads: 347

Commencement speakers: Haley M. London, co-valedictorian; Ashley J. Gilroy, co-valedictorian; Kayla A. Lock, salutatorian; Jasmine L. Evans, class president

Principal: Reuben Hepburn

Memorable moment: The class of 2011 is the biggest graduating class in Dunedin High history with 90 percent graduating and 80 percent going to some postsecondary school.

Quote: "Enjoy life. These are our party years."

Kayla A. Lock, salutatorian

EAST LAKE HIGH

Grads: 518

Commencement speakers: Travis Altman, co-valedictorian; Erica Gerhard, co-valedictorian; Monica Freifeld, salutatorian; Allison Hassell, student government president

Principal: Robert Poth

Memorable moment: Graduates snuck in beach balls under their gowns and blew them up during the graduation.

Allison Hassell: Told fellow grads to remember to say simple "I love yous" before it's too late. Hassell's mom passed away recently.

PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

Grads: 520

Commencement speakers: Ambika Anand, IB co-valedictorian; James Tian, IB co-valedictorian; Tyler Craig, valedictorian; Christian Carvajal, IB salutatorian; Matthew Dorian, salutatorian

Principal: Christen Tonry

quote: "When we threw the hats it was a great feeling. I always watched that and couldn't wait to do it even though we weren't supposed to."

Elizabeth Boone, graduate

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH .

Grads: 417

Commencement speakers: Leah Miller, valedictorian; Nomiki Zervos, salutatorian; Irene Monokandilos, senior class president; Darius Daniels, principal's choice speaker

DROP-OUT PREVENTION

nBAYSIDE HIGH, CLEARWATER

Grads: 67

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION CENTER

CALVIN HUNSINGER SCHOOL

location: Clearwater

Grads: 4

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION CENTER

PAUL B. STEPHENS

location: Clearwater

Grads: 20

CHARTER SCHOOLS

LIFE SKILLS CENTER PINELLAS NORTH, CLEARWATER .

Grads:30

Finally, their moment 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 4:06pm]
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