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Graduation 2014: Blake High

From left, Blake High grads Caleb Durant, Ashley Duran, Kaleah Dunbar and Quadira Couzens pose before Friday’s ceremony.

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From left, Blake High grads Caleb Durant, Ashley Duran, Kaleah Dunbar and Quadira Couzens pose before Friday’s ceremony.

BLAKE HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 279

VALEDICTORIAN: Demaria Muldrow and Tatyanna Solis (traditional); Robert Rose (magnet program)

SALUTATORIAN: Maritza Incle and Amanda Weathers (traditional); Kevin Coxon (magnet program)

SPEAKERS: Principal Jacqueline K. Haynes, guidance department head Claudette Reid, Incle, Weathers, Coxon, Muldrow, Solis and Rose.

FAMOUS WORDS: Haynes quoted Maya Angelou, saying, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Weathers paid tribute to Harry S. Truman, saying, "Men make history, not the other way around."

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 113 of the graduates are in Honor Court, with GPAs of 4.0 or higher. The class has received over $4.1 million in scholarships, highest in Blake's history.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Rose, who will be attending New York University in the fall, thanked his parents and family "for giving up your lives so I can follow my dream."

COOL MUSIC: The Star-Spangled Banner was sung by Shannon Magrane, who was in the Top 11 of American Idol contestants last year.

MILESTONE: This was Blake's 30th graduating class.

Kate Fueyo, Tampa Preparatory, tb-two* staff

Graduation 2014: Blake High 06/06/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 8:25pm]
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