ST. PETERSBURG HIGH
NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 498
VALEDICTORIANS: Monica Calderon (traditional); Adela Lilollari (IB)
SALUTATORIANS: Guthrie Cohen (traditional); Diego Lasso and Irina Trenkova (IB)
SPEAKERS: Calderon, Lilollari and principal Albert Bennett
NEW LOCATION: After 88 years of having graduations outdoors at Stewart Field, this was St. Pete's first commencement at Tropicana Field, and many hope it will become a new tradition.
ENCOURAGEMENT: "Look back at high school with fondness as a foundation for the future, rather than an anchor for your past," Calderon said. "Graduation is not an end point; it is the start of something new."
QUOTES: "Put your future in good hands: your own. Always remember that life does not map out without trials and tribulations," Bennett said. "Don't let insecurities discourage you from pursuing your dreams." Said Lilollari: "I will always remember St. Pete High as a place filled with love, laughter and friendship."
IN REMEMBRANCE: Bennett mentioned the recent passing of two class members, Patrick McLean and Keith Evan Gallinari, and said they would be excited and proud of the graduates. McLean's older brother Nick accepted the diploma in his memory.
Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate, tb-two* staff