NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 345
VALEDICTORIAN: Jessica Major
SALUTATORIAN: Yen-Linh Ho
SPEAKERS: Amanda Hernandez, Ho, Major, principal Victor Fernandez
CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Over $1 million in scholarships
MUSICAL MOMENT: Senior Ailenys Diaz-Lima performed the Star-Spangled Banner.
LOUDEST FAN CLUB: As Joshua Dupree, 18, proceeded in, his family went crazy. They jumped and yelled "I love you" and "You look so good!" His sister Ayana Dupree, 15, held his niece above her head. His sister, Shelah Dupree, 21, bounced up and down in her chair and yelled, "You ready?" When his name was called, Dupree's mother, Antonette Dupree, 48, hooted and his four sisters banged their feet and flailed their arms.
CLASSES THAT MATTER: In interviews before the ceremony, seniors talked about classes that influenced them the most. "Culinary," said Yamilex Rodriguez, 17. "The teacher inspired me and was really helpful." Tiffany Vazquez, 18, realized through hands-on training that she didn't want to be a certified nursing assistant. Christopher Unsworth, 18, said Advanced Placement language "taught me how to argue like a proper adult and how to do my own research. It taught me to be an intellectual individual."
Angela Skane, University of Florida, tb-two* staff