BOCA CIEGA HIGH
NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 303
VALEDICTORIAN: Leyna Xoi
SALUTATORIAN: Emily Broida
SPEAKERS: Xoi, Broida and principal Michael Vigue
INSPIRING WORDS: "You are ready to begin progressing toward your life goals," Vigue told the graduates. "There are a handful of qualities that will take you far in life. The qualities that make for a rich life include dedication, courage, responsibility, pride."
GOOD TIMES: "I know I'm not alone in this, but weren't we all confused by the bell system? My ears were ringing by the first day." — Leyna Xoi
ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Parents and students cheered when Broida said that her graduating class "watched Boca Ciega climb from a D school to an A school … through [their] hard work."
'HAPPY' MOMENT: Graduates exited the commencement to Pharrell Williams' Happy, and many in attendance danced and sang along as they filed out of Tropicana Field.
Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School