LAND O'LAKES HIGH
NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 389
VALEDICTORIANS: Matthew Hickok and Courtney Saba (traditional); Monic Amin and Krystin Demsher (IB)
SALUTATORIANS: Nicholas Hiller (traditional); Dana Frayne and Blake Lash (IB)
SPEAKERS: Principal Fredric Mellin, class president Carlos Osorno, Saba, Amin, Hickok, Demsher, Frayne and Lash
QUOTE: "This is the last time students will ever hear me say this: You're a little late." — Mellin, joking about the ceremony's late start.
SPEECHES GALORE: With seven student speeches during the ceremony, Hickok's stood out the most as he made his points with song titles, including Don't Stop Believing and Let It Go.
THE BIG PICTURE: Each graduate's senior portrait was projected on the Sun Dome's video board before the ceremony.
BEST ADVICE: "You can change your mind." — Lash, commenting on the future.
HA-HA MOMENT: The crowd laughed when Saba mentioned that this year's graduation gowns are "thankfully, not mustard yellow like last year." The new colors? Navy blue and stark gold.
Katie Lamont, East Lake High / St. Petersburg College, tb-two* staff