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Graduation 2014: Plant High

Mia Carastro, 17, takes a selfie with Lynn Silvernail, who was her freshman French teacher, before the school’s commencement exercises at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

KENT NISHIMURA | Times

Mia Carastro, 17, takes a selfie with Lynn Silvernail, who was her freshman French teacher, before the school’s commencement exercises at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

PLANT HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 579

VALEDICTORIAN: Eric Stephen Scott

SALUTATORIANS: John Boehling, Stefan Swaans, Jessica Traster

SPEAKERS: National Honor Society president Jacqueline Parker, principal Robert Nelson, senior class president Richard Bush, Scott, Boehling, Swaans and Traster.

BEST ADVICE: "We think that our lives are the center of the human story, and who can blame us? Our story is all we know," Swaans said. He advised his classmates that there are 7 billion other people on Earth who have their own trials and triumphs, and that together they all form "one web: humanity."

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 392 seniors, or 68% of the class, graduated with GPAs of 4.0 or higher. Among them were three National Merit finalists and two National Hispanic finalists. Ninety-five percent of the grads are attending college with a total of $17 million in scholarships.

MOST UNCONVENTIONAL SPEECH: Traster got up to the mike and sang Never Alone by Lady Antebellum instead of "just another speech," hoping that her classmates would take away a message of inspiration and hope.

Kate Fueyo, Tampa Preparatory, tb-two* staff

Graduation 2014: Plant High 05/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:58pm]
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