Saturday, February 24, 2018
Education

Graduation 2014: East Lake High

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

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