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Graduation 2014: St. Petersburg Catholic High

Joseph Uhatafe ties a Tonga traditional lei around the neck of aunt Ahofolau Latu at St. Petersburg Catholic’s graduation at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.


Joseph Uhatafe ties a Tonga traditional lei around the neck of aunt Ahofolau Latu at St. Petersburg Catholic’s graduation at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.



VALEDICTORIAN: Patrick Rodgers

SALUTATORIANS: Christian DeMaio and David Weck

SPEAKERS: John McMahon, principal; the Most Rev. Robert Lynch, bishop, Diocese of St. Petersburg; Rodgers, DeMaio and Weck.

BEST ADVICE: Rodgers noted that though he wasn't the best at sports, he and his classmates did have their own talents. "We are all passionate about something," he said, "whether it is athletics, academics, theatre or posting selfies."

BOOKS QUOTED: Weck spoke from Dr. Seuss' Oh the Places You'll Go!. Rodgers chose to discuss the benefits of working hard from author Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Three students were honored for annual achievement awards within St. Petersburg Catholic. Anna Mixa received the St. Francis of Assisi Award, DeMaio received the St. John Bosco Award, and James Sebesta received the Bishop Robert N. Lynch Award.

QUOTE: "Just as the particles in the universe created planets and galaxies, we were able to create a journey that will forever be a part of us." — DeMaio, saying he saw stars in his classmates.

Amanda Starling, USF St. Petersburg, tb-two* staff

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