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Graduation 2014: Admiral Farragut Academy

Cahill Shpall, 18, rear, and Hailee Palmer, 18, fight over Shpall’s hat, which has a gold band that originally belonged to Palmer, as graduates line up for Admiral Farragut Academy’s graduation Saturday in St. Petersburg. 

JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

Cahill Shpall, 18, rear, and Hailee Palmer, 18, fight over Shpall’s hat, which has a gold band that originally belonged to Palmer, as graduates line up for Admiral Farragut Academy’s graduation Saturday in St. Petersburg. 

Graduation 2014

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ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 63

VALEDICTORIANS: Nima Beheshti and Matias Sejersen

SALUTATORIAN: Ekaterina Goncharova

SPEAKERS: Sejersen, Beheshti, Goncharova and Christian M. Wagner, class of '82 and chief executive and chief investment officer of Longview Capital Management, LLC

LONGEST ATTENDANCE TO THE ACADEMY: Three students, Beheshti, Adam Alexander Burrell and Sara Marie Casagrande have attended Admiral Farragut Academy for 13 years.

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENT: The class received $5.1 million in scholarships.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Hail to the Class of 2014 presented by the Class of 2015.

LAUGHABLE MOMENTS: Teachers showed videos of themselves performing Gangnam Style and What Does the Fox Say at the senior dinner, and several references were made to the videos during the commencement. Beheshti concluded his co-valedictorian address with "Class of 2014, do you feel me?"

QUOTES: "LOL AND LMAO are simple gibberish in the business world," said Wagner. "You must learn to write well and embrace public speaking. Some of you may already be good writers and public speakers. Get better. Your ability to communicate will be a great advantage. Smart is the new rich."

Salutatorian Goncharova added: "Our school managed to nurture individuality in each of us and get us to where we are today … a place where students can fly before they can drive to school. A place where teachers know more about prom after parties than the students. A place where we all grew up."

Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate High / SPC, tb-two* staff

Graduation 2014: Admiral Farragut Academy 05/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2014 11:15am]
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