EAST LAKE HIGH
NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 581
VALEDICTORIANS: Drake Breeding (traditional); Joshua Berko (Engineering Academy)
SALUTATORIANS: Alexander Carbonelli (traditional); Dante Helffrich (Engineering Academy)
SPEAKERS: Breeding, Berko, Carbonelli and student government president Ashlyn TenBieg.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS: Twenty-four graduates also gained associates degrees from St. Petersburg College. One hundred students graduated with engineering corps certifications.
SPECIAL MOMENT: The senior choir performed Like an Eagle.
ADVICE: "We take with us the strength the (East Lake) eagle represents. … This strength carries us past our college education into our careers and lifestyle choice. … So congratulations Class of 2014. Let us not forget that we will always be eagles," said TenBieg.
PICTURE PERFECT: "It's up to each of us to find meaning in our own lives," Breeding said. "I don't know how the world works, and I don't know what the key to success is." But Breeding said he did know how to take a selfie, and the crowd cheered as he pulled out his cellphone and took a picture of himself and the graduates.
Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate High, tb-two* staff