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Graduation 2013: Dixie Hollins High

Savannah Fancher, right, the senior class vice president, yells “We’re graduating,” as she closes in for a hug Wednesday from Maranda Pratt, 18, before heading into Tropicana Field for Dixie M. Hollins High School’s graduation in St. Petersburg.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Savannah Fancher, right, the senior class vice president, yells “We’re graduating,” as she closes in for a hug Wednesday from Maranda Pratt, 18, before heading into Tropicana Field for Dixie M. Hollins High School’s graduation in St. Petersburg.

DIXIE HOLLINS HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 313

VALEDICTORIAN: Valerie Perkins

SALUTATORIAN: Jennifer Ngo

SPEAKERS: Assistant principal Lisa Sinatra, principal Daniel Evans, Perkins, student council president Alian Collazo, and Ngo, who also is senior class president.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENT: Teacher Diane Harrington handed out mints to all the graduates as they got into their lines before the ceremony.

PUNNY MOMENT: Valedictorian Valerie Perkins began her speech by saying she had been introduced incorrectly. "I'm the Valerie-dictorian," she said.

BIGGEST SUPPORT: As Lyndsey Staub's name was called, everyone in Tropicana Field stood and applauded her. (See story on Page 1A.)

FAMOUS PEOPLE QUOTED: Maya Angelou and Margaret Thatcher

VISUAL IMPACT: Even though grads don't decorate their caps, Marie Ryan, 18, put a studded anchor on hers. She's enlisting in the Navy after graduation.

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

Brought to you by tb-two* — the Times' teen voice of Tampa Bay — a weekly newspaper and website produced by high school students during the school year. Check out our graduation galleries at tb-two.com and tampabay.com/education. To send photos from Instagram and Twitter, use #tbgrads2013.

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