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Graduation 2014: Jefferson High

Vimarilyn Cardenas waves Friday during the Jefferson High School commencement ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.


Vimarilyn Cardenas waves Friday during the Jefferson High School commencement ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.



VALEDICTORIANS: Nicole Alicia Lopez (traditional); Carlos M. Hernandez-Ramos (international studies)

SALUTATORIANS: Solanch Diaz (traditional); Sandra M. Sánchez (international studies)

SPEAKERS: Senior Class President Shanice Sanchez, principal Van Ayres, Sánchez, Diaz, Lopez and Hernandez.

PUMPED UP GRADS: After quoting the Notorious B.I.G., the late hip-hop artist, principal Ayres ended his speech with a cheer, "Dragons, I want you to turn up for the last time." He shouted, "Jefferson!" And the graduates erupted into cheers and chanted back, "Dragons!"

SENIOR PRANKS: Window paint over vending machines so you can't see what you're buying. "For sale" sign on the front of the school. Junior lunch section wrapped in cellophane so they couldn't sit down.

BEST ACCESSORIES: Charita Houston, 47, proud mother of Justyn Johnson, 18, rocked a headband with two bobbing black caps with gold tassels that said "congrats grad." On her wrist, she wore a bracelet that had a graduation cap and "#1 Grad" charms. Houston also has a 2014 grad key chain.

Angela Skane, University of Florida, tb-two* staff

Graduation 2014: Jefferson High 05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 7:26pm]
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