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Graduation 2014: Alonso High



VALEDICTORIAN: Olga Chamberlain


SPEAKERS: Senior class president Hannah Pyne, Brian Grantham, Danser, Larissa McCoy-Mitti, Chamberlain, principal Louis Diaz


SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Graduates Jennifer Totcky, Sydney Weldon and Abigail Daner performed The Star-Spangled Banner, which was interpreted for the hearing impaired by Kyra Adams.

TECH SAVVY: Graduate Scott Brennan, 18, wore a GoPro on his chest during the ceremony. The lens of the small camera peaked out from his navy gown, just under his National Honor Society stole. In an interview before the ceremony, he said he decided Wednesday that he wanted to capture the moment from his point of view.

REALIZATION: Chamberlain's speech touched on the realities of growing up. She acknowledged that the grads weren't always so cool. She giggled and said, "Some of you lost your baby fat and are ripped now."

SENIOR PRANK: Seniors filled the office of assistant principal Frank Diaz with foam packing peanuts. His reaction was filmed and featured on Alonso's morning show.

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

Graduation 2014: Alonso High 06/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:07pm]
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