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Graduation 2013: Jefferson High



VALEDICTORIANS: Son Hoang Dang (traditional); Robert Joseph Portugues Jr. (international studies)

SALUTATORIANS: Maxwell Jefferson Duncan (traditional); U'kera Vandora Gadsden (international studies)

SPEAKERS: Senior class president Olivia Cabrera, principal Van Ayres, assistant principals Holly Frazier and Janice Mazur, Gadsden, Duncan, Portugues and Dang.

QUOTE: "Drake said it best: We started from the bottom, now we're here." — Dang, referring to Drake, the Canadian rapper, songwriter and actor.

MAKING CONNECTIONS: Principal Van Ayres graduated from Jefferson in 1992.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Jefferson graduate Jazmine Marie James was given a standing ovation after singing The Star-Spangled Banner without background music.

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Seventy-five students received honors court recognition for having GPAs between 4.0 and 6.37. The 2013 graduates received $10,000 in scholarship money from the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Association.

Allie Davison, Auburn University, tb-two* staff

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Graduation 2013: Jefferson High 05/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:35pm]
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