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