NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 296
VALEDICTORIAN: Caroline E. Atkins
SALUTATORIAN: Clarise A. Lee
SPEAKERS: Atkins, Lee, class president Brittany McKenzie and principal Stephanie Adkinson.
INSPIRING WORDS: "I encourage you to never stop learning," Lee told her classmates. "Work with the mind-set to not just pass, but to excel."
AWARDS: The Blue and Gold Award, presented to student who has shown dedication to Gibbs, was awarded to Brittany McKenzie. The school's Humanitarian Award was presented to Julio Manon.
SENIOR TRIBUTE: Tristan Braboy and Christopher Kinney performed the song For All We Know, by Donny Hathaway, before the graduates were presented with their diplomas.
FAMOUS PEOPLE QUOTED: Atkins quoted Woody Allen in her speech. "I have no idea what I am doing, but incompetence has never prevented me from plunging in with enthusiasm."
RECESSIONAL: The graduates left Tropicana Field to the iconic Raiders March, by John Williams, from the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate High, tb-two* staff